As body parts lay scattered in the streets, UN Officials entered the hamlet of Mazraat al-Qubeir after Wednesday’s massacre, to find a strong stench of flesh that had been burned.

The bloody 15-month-old revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had barely touched Mazraat al-Qubeir, whose residents had taken little part in the uprising, until now.

Army tanks had surrounded and shelled the hamlet in the afternoon coupled with pro-Assad shabbiha toughs on foot, armed with knives, guns and clubs.

It has been reported that 78 men, women and children had been victim to this horrific attack.

BBC reporter Paul Danahar, who accompanied the UN Officials, said it was clear “terrible crime” had taken place.

In one house he saw “pieces of brains lying on the floor”.

“There was a tablecloth covered in blood and flesh and someone had tried to mop the blood up by pushing it into the corner, but seems they had given up because there was so much of it around”.

Danahar’s Twitter report added: “What we didn’t find were any bodies of people. What we did find were tracks on the tarmac (that) the U.N. said looked like armoured personnel carriers or tanks.”