Britain condemns 'brutal massacre' in Syria

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Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa, meets with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, not shown, the head of Iran's powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy  ending rumors that Al-Sharaa had defected to Jordan in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, August  26, 2012.  Al-Sharaa's  defection  would have been a blow to Bashar Assad's regime but Jordan and Al-Sharaa's office had repeatedly denied that he defected. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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LONDON (AP) — Britain has condemned the reported "brutal massacre" in Syria.

The British-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday that 32 dead bodies were found in the streets of Daraya and they had been killed by "gunfire and summary executions."

Britain's Middle East minister Alistair Burt says if confirmed, "it would be an atrocity on a new scale, requiring unequivocal condemnation from the entire international community.

Burt says in a statement it "highlights the urgent need for international action to bring an end to the violence, end this culture of impunity and hold to account those responsible for these terrible acts."

Burt says he has spoken to U.N. and Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi to discuss the killings.

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