February 21st, 2012
09:46 AM ET

'Beloved' Homs now 'a bleeding wound'

The besieged Syrian city of Homs endured more bloodshed Tuesday as security forces pounded restive areas and killed at least 18 people in the defiant Baba Amr neighborhood, activists said.

Along with Baba Amr, security forces shelled the Homs neighborhoods of Khalidiya and Karam al-Zaytoon, according to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Three of those killed were children, including a baby, the group said. The government's siege against the recalcitrant city, an epicenter of opposition, has persisted for more than two weeks and shows no signs of ending.

The offensive prevailed as the Syrian crackdown against opposition forces is now almost a year old. The crackdown has been condemned by many world powers, and the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an opposition activist network, estimates almost 9,000 people have been killed since the crackdown and uprising flared.

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  1. catpaw

    Amazing....as often as I hear Moslems assert that "Islam is a peaceful religion" the horrific death toll is committed by other Moslems.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. hope

    Muslims are people, too.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have fallen victim to this corrupt dictator. May their request for help be granted. Inagine if it were you and your children... home destroyed, explosions abound, military tanks blocking your exit, death all around you just waiting for a sign of movement.

    God bless the Children!

    February 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lisinac

    Just imagine that some so call "democratic" states are in your country sent to ferment chaos, destroy everything in
    their pat and leave nothing but miserry, how would you react? We are brain washed by 'western free and democratic"
    media by not reporting the thruth but by how to attchive what has been "cooked" in sick minds of US, EU and Izraels
    mind, plans to conquer the word and control evry states on Erth. Your news are not worth reading and looking in
    videos you are trying to sell to fible minded and lunatics individuals in power.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • hope

      And Russia and China? How do they fit into your paranoid view of the world? Perhaps, for your sake, we should turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the cries of our enemies? That, I suppose, would be the Muslim way of thinking. Call them animals, mutated rats and call for jihad?

      This is America... we don't resort to such nonsense!

      February 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @lisinac: believe it or not, we'd prefer you ran your own country. we are very busy..

      perhaps you could do it like a civilized people? too much to ask?

      February 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hope

    By enemies, I mean, Syria. The mere fact that we would like to assist like the Red Cross, is a clear indication that we don't just talk about freedom, we live it. Just as you are free to voice your opinion, even if it is offensive. Would I be allowed the same freedom in your 'state'?

    If you don't want our help, then, by all means... help your own brothers and sisters and their children. Empower yourselves to save the Syrians, free them, rebuild their homes... feed them.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • catpaw

      Not to worry. I'm sure the Arab League will come up with something.

      February 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hope

    Lisinac's silence... speaks volumes!

    February 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ms

      Lol...yes it does hope. Well said.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vern

    Do we belive that the U.N. will be able to stop this crazyness ???? it has be able to stop. The U.N. has be able. why are we support this do-nothing ????

    February 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    last i heard, we were years, even decades behind in our dues.. and i'm not sure any american has worn the blue helmet.. i may be wrong..

    February 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |