Published On: Mon, Feb 6th, 2012

Syrian Army ramps up attacks on opposition as death toll rises

The Syrian army has stepped up its attacks on opposition fighters in Homs, activists and witnesses have said, a day after a UN Security Council resolution, aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria, was blocked by Russia and China.

Abu Abdo Alhomsy, an activist with the revolutionary council in Homs, spoke to Al Jazeera on Monday, describing an attack on the city as live pictures showed plumes of smoke billowing into the sky:

“It is horrible right here. Rockets are falling. There are massive explosions that shook buildings. We don’t know really what to do,” he said.

“Its a massive attack – a new massacre is happening here. Nobody can go out, we don’t know how many homes have been hit or how many people died.”

The  Syrian revolution general commission said that 15 people were killed in Homs today, and at least three others were killed in Aleppo.

Jazeera, Danny Abdul Dayem, a resident of Homs: “It has been terrible. There is non-stop bombing with rockets, mortar bombs and tank shells. There were more than 50 people injured in Bab Amr today.

“I saw with my own eyes kids with no legs, and a kid who lost his whole bottom jaw. It is terrible.”

The death toll in Syria rose to at least 88 people over the weekend – one of the bloodiest since the uprising against Assad’s government erupted almost 11 months ago.

Opposition groups say at least 6,000 people have now been killed in Syria.

Full coverage: Al Jazeera


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