US: Assad 'wanton disregard' for life

2012-08-27 21:15

Washington - Reports of a massacre near Damascus that left hundreds dead are the latest evidence of Syrian President Bashar Assad's "wanton disregard for human life," the White House said on Monday

"He has lost all legitimacy and every day that goes by, it becomes more urgent for the international community to press him to leave power so that a political transition can begin," Tommy Vietor, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, said, referring to Assad.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Sunday that 320 bodies were found in the town of Daraya after what opposition militants said was a brutal onslaught of shelling, summary executions and house-to-house raids by government troops.

"These reports, if accurate, are the latest horrible evidence of Assad's brutal crackdown and wanton disregard for human life," Vietor said.