Residents across Syria woke up to a particularly bloody day Wednesday, when at least 17 people - including six children - were killed in early morning violence, opposition activists said.
In a country where scores of daily killings have become a tragic way of life, this week's violence has been especially lethal. More than 300 people have been killed in the first half of this week, according to tallies by opposition groups.
The surge comes despite a new plan by world leaders to stop the carnage and a push by opposition members to unite their efforts against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
On Tuesday, leaders of various opposition groups met for a second day in Cairo to devise a plan for a new Syria if al-Assad were to fall. But the opposition remained splintered.
One thing groups did agree on is that al-Assad can have no role in a transitional government.FULL STORY