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Syria denies responsibility for attack that killed more than 90

A damaged building in Houla, Syria is seen in this undated photo. On Friday, May 25, 2012, an assault in the area left more than 90 people dead.

May 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Syrian government on Sunday denied its troops were behind an attack on a string of villages that left more than 90 people dead, including more than 30 children.

Friday's assault on the town of Houla was one of the most violent events in Syria's 15-month uprising.

Activists said a militia working for the government is responsible. But Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi denied government troops were behind the attack, instead blaming armed terrorist groups.

The attacks sparked outrage from American and other international leaders, and renewed concerns about the relevance of a 6-week-old international peace plan that has not stopped almost daily violence. The U.N. put the death toll weeks ago at more than 9,000. Hundreds have been killed since. U.N. envoy Kofi Annan will travel to Syria on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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