Middle East

Turkey prime minister warns Syria leaders that they will 'pay' for atrocities

July 13, 2012: This image made from amateur video from Hama Revolution 2011 and accessed by AP video purports to show bodies of victims killed by violence that, according to anti-regime activists, was carried out by government forces in Tremseh, Syria, about nine miles northwest of the central city of Hama.

July 13, 2012: This image made from amateur video from Hama Revolution 2011 and accessed by AP video purports to show bodies of victims killed by violence that, according to anti-regime activists, was carried out by government forces in Tremseh, Syria, about nine miles northwest of the central city of Hama.  (AP2012)

Turkey's prime minister has warned Syrian leaders that the Syrian people will "make them pay" for massacres like the reported killing of dozens in a farming village by government forces this week.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls the killings an attempted "genocide" and says such acts of violence are "the footsteps of a regime that is on its way out."

World leaders have heaped criticism on President Bashar Assad's regime for the mass killings Thursday in the village of Tremseh.

Activists say they have confirmed the deaths of more than 150 people at the hands of regime forces. Many more remain missing. The government says 50 were killed but denies its troops caused the deaths.

Activists say more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising's start in March 2011.