Up to 70 people, many of them women and children, were killed and several houses were destroyed by a massive explosion in the Masha at-Tayyar district in southern Hama which activist groups said was caused by a government Scud missile attack, BBC said.
Activists posted video on the internet showing the level of devastation, with bodies being pulled from the rubble, BBC said couldn’t be achieved by conventional shelling.
Syrian state television also showed pictures of injured children in a hospital but said the explosion was caused by accident at a building used by ‘terrorist armed group’ as a bomb factory.
The violence happened in spite of a UN-brokered ceasefire which was part of a peace plan proposed by the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
Mr. Annan loathed reports that there were more than a thousand violations from armed elements since the ceasefire began.
He told the Security Council on Tuesday that the Syrian military had not withdrawn from population centers saying it was "totally unacceptable and reprehensible" that troops reportedly entered Hama after UN observers departed on Monday, and carried out summary executions as punishment for having spoken to them.
France suggested that if Annan’s peace plan ‘fails to stop the violence’ the Security Council should consider the use of force in Syria.