Report: 'Scores' of Civilians Dead in Homs as Syrian Military Attacks
According to various unconfirmed reports on Twitter, the death toll today in the Syrian city of Homs is as high as 220, with hundreds more injured, after an attack by loyalist forces.
At least 100 people have reportedly been killed in a major army offensive in the central Syrian city of Homs.
Activists talking to Al Jazeera in the early hours of Saturday said the army had used mortars and nail bombs in the assault on the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood.
Hundreds were reported injured, and a source at a hospital in Homs told Al Jazeera that there was an urgent need for blood as medics were struggling to attend to the injured.
"A building of 16 flats has collapsed. We're trying to get the bodies out of the rubble.""We cannot confirm the exact number of the martyrs. There are many killed," Hadi al-Abdallah, an activist in Homs, told Al Jazeera.
Abdallah said army defectors had captured 19 members of the security forces earlier in the day.
Homs is one of the flashpoint cities in Syria's uprising, with some areas becoming strongholds of the armed opposition.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets across Syria on Friday to commemorate the 1982 massacre in the city of Hama that killed tens of thousands.
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