UN Security Council continues to remain deadlocked on Syria.
(INN) Syrian forces on Monday killed at least 16 people — including children — in a rebel stronghold recaptured by the government in the embattled city of Homs.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 16 people were killed Sunday night, while the Local Coordination Committees said 45 were "murdered." Both groups said children were among the dead.
State media in Damascus, which often ignores human rights activists' claims, confirmed killings in Homs but blamed "armed terrorists" as it frequently calls those behind the uprising. [...]
A medical worker in Homs working in the rebel-held neighborhood of Khalidiya told the Khadeej Times many of the victims were killed with knives, and some of the women appeared to have been raped.
“We received the bodies in two batches ... we tried to go to see if there were any survivors but they were all dead,” said the medical worker, who called himself Yazan.
“I saw two females who were raped, one was around 12 or 13 years old. She was covered in blood and her underclothes were off. One of the women was strangled; she had bruises on her neck. Some of the bodies I saw, especially the children, had their throats slit.”