03 Feb '12, 11pm

Homs mortar fire kills 47

Homs mortar fire kills 47

DAMASCUS: Syrian forces killed at least 217 civilians, including women and children, in a "massacre" in the central city of Homs, a rights group said Saturday, ahead of a UN vote on the repression. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 138 of the fatalities were caused by mortar fire in the Al-Khalidiya district of Homs, which has become a flashpoint of the 10-month revolt against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Another 79 people were killed in other parts of town. Following violence elsewhere, including Damascus, during the day, Friday's overall death toll was around 250 and could still rise, the Observatory said. "It's a real massacre," the observatory's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, calling for the "immediate intervention" of the Arab League to end the killing. The Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya television channels showed images of dozens of bodies on ...

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