UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed "great shock" on Tuesday (February 11th) over reports of a massacre in the Syrian village of Maan.
A statement released by Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said the UN leader was disturbed by reports of killings in Maan last Sunday (February 9th).
"Dozens of civilians are said to have been brutally killed," the statement said.
"The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms all violence against civilians and calls for the perpetrators of this massacre, and all other crimes in Syria, to be brought to justice," it said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 25 people in the village were killed by Islamist fighters in Maan, in Hama province, on Sunday.