Russia accused opposition forces in Syria, Thursday, of renewing what it called acts of terror against innocent civilians. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said, "The killing of as many peaceful civilians as possible and destroying civilian infrastructure remind one of what is happening in Iraq, Jordan and other places where Al-Qaeda and its groups operate."
Earlier, the London-based Arabic daily Ash-Sharq Il-Awsat cited sources in the Syrian League for Human Rights for reporting that Syrian armed forces executed nine activists who had met with United Nations monitors during their visit in the embattled city of Hama on Sunday. The group said that 45 people were killed when the city was shelled, following the departure of the monitors. Troops then stormed the city, arrested the activists and executed them.