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Syrian Activists: Women, Children Massacred in Homs

A handout picture made available by the General Committee of the Syrian Revolution shows destroyed buildings in Inshaat district of Homs, March 7, 2012
A handout picture made available by the General Committee of the Syrian Revolution shows destroyed buildings in Inshaat district of Homs, March 7, 2012

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The Syrian government and opposition activists traded accusations Monday for the killings of dozens of civilians in the embattled city of Homs. Syrian government troops, meanwhile, continued their offensive in northern Idlib province.

Activists say the bodies of at least 45 women and children have been discovered in the central city that has been a flashpoint for an anti-government uprising and retaliatory attacks and shelling by Syrian forces.

Showing gruesome videos of bodies in three locations, the opposition accuses pro-government militiamen known as “shabiha” for the killings.

Syrian officials confirm the deaths, but the state news agency SANA blamed "terrorist armed groups" for kidnapping, killing and mutilating civilians in order to show their bodies to media outlets.

Syrian state TV interviewed a handful of people who gave conflicting accounts of what happened.

Watch related video of Homs violence

The discovery of the corpses in Homs comes days after United Nations humanitarian coordinator Valerie Amos visited the devastated Baba Amr neighborhood, and after U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's weekend meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami of the Hoover Institution blames the deaths in Homs on the Syrian government.

"What's so surprising? It was known that [Bashar] wanted to break Homs, he wanted to break Baba Amr, he wanted to make an example of them," said Ajami.

Ajami said Annan's mission to negotiate with the Syrian government is “diplomatic theater” and gives Assad's forces “more time to crush the rebellion.”

“Any time a regime with big guns and big weapons and completely unmoored from international morality faces a civilian population, the regime will win, barring foreign intervention. So, the question is: Will there be a massacre large enough and decisive enough and brutal enough that awakens the powers of the world?” asks Ajami.

In northern Syria, witnesses described a multi-pronged government offensive against opposition strongholds in various parts of Idlib province near the border with Turkey.

The continued attacks come as the U.N. Security Council, meeting in New York, debated the Syrian government's crackdown.

 

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by: Cha Cha Cohen
March 13, 2012 3:55 AM
Lybian people loved Gaddafi, they had a good life, free education and medical,which are all destroyed,the poor people suffer,the rich can get treatment in Jordan and education in other countries only to brain wash them! Same is repeated for Syria!

by: Sam
March 13, 2012 2:55 AM
It is always the activists saying this and that. The reportage is too one-sided. Let the activists tell us how many soldiers and pro-Assad civilians they have also killed.

by: HUANG ZHOU
March 12, 2012 5:42 PM
If you only believe in the opposition's words, you are only a fool and you are fooled by them. Are you sure that all the dead are victims of the government? In a war civilian casualties are inevitable. The US used to killed millions of Vietnamese innocent children by bombing Vietnam.

by: Machar chuong ruot
March 12, 2012 10:51 AM
it is time to distroy all the dictators and Islmic terrorist so that the world may live in the garden of happiness

by: Godwin
March 12, 2012 9:58 AM
Assad is being true to what he professes - islam. Allah has chosen him to rule Syria, anyone trying to remove him from the birthright is working against Allah and Allah will use al Assad to punish them - whoever it may be. The Arab League becomes mute here. Israel is trying to stop attack on its civilians and the league cries foul. A two-faced, insincere league! No wonder it can achieve next to nothing in all its existence: it's formed of falsehood.

by: hamad part 2 of 2
March 12, 2012 5:27 AM
Egypt . Syria government will deal with rebels like Turkey has been dealing with Kurd whereas UN and US have turned a blind eye on Turkey crackdown in return of spreading US shield missile . Kurdish people have been seeking for their rights since ages but nobody wants to pay attention to their suffer .

by: go now
March 12, 2012 4:42 AM
Why is there not a big deal over this as the story of the US soldier killing those people?

by: Andrew Barlow
March 12, 2012 4:32 AM
Whenever support has to be drummed up for so-called freedom fighters who are in fact merely rebels or terrorists or both the killing of women and children is drawn into the matter. In this way sentiment at its basic level is sought and often obtained for such rebels and terrorists. and rebels come out in the open and not hide in cities and town among the civilian population and then fight so that no women and children could be killed.

by: beancube2010
March 12, 2012 4:05 AM
The rebels arranged the city of Homs like this.

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