Activists are reporting that the Assad regime is currently carrying out a new massacre in Homs. The current death toll in Homs is said to be 220 and counting as Al Arabiya reports:
At least 150 charred corpses found in Homs: activists
Sat Dec 29, 2012 20:27 pm (KSA) 17:27 pm (GMT)
At least 150 charred corpses were found Saturday in Deir Baalba in Homs, the Shaam Network reported as violence flared in other parts of Syria.
Earlie,r Syrian regime forces killed 20 people in a town near Aleppo, raising the nationwide death toll to more than 100, according to activist media.
Sana Revolution reported the “massacre” took place in Khamsya town near Aleppo. The Coordination Committees reported that more than 100 were killed in the country.
The fighting in Aleppo forced Syria’s national airline to cancel a flight into the city.
6:32 PM PT:
France24 is now carrying this report:
Assad forces 'take district of Syria's Homs'
29 December 2012 - 12H42
AFP - Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday seized a district of the central city of Homs after a fierce assault that sparked a humanitarian crisis, a watchdog said.
"The army launched an offensive several days ago on the neighbourhood of Deir Baalbeh with heavy bombing, and the fighting and attacks continued until the rebels withdrew," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Britain-based watchdog, which relies on a large network of activists and medics on the ground, said that several other rebel districts, long under siege by the army, were still holding the troops at bay.
It said that the fighting had triggered a humanitarian crisis in the city, referred to by anti-regime activists as "the capital of the revolution."
Homs, a longtime industrial heartland, was the target of a major army offensive in February that left 700 people killed, the majority civilians. More...
tonight,in AlZaatari refugee camp...a little girl passed away..the kid FROZEN TO DEATH...
her name is NADA ALHRAKI...she is nine months old.
the angel... her soul crossed the border to join our 397 martyrs.
collective refuge to Heaven
EAWorldView had this report on Homs:
2137 GMT: Syria. Activists are claiming, supported by video of bodies, that five children and two women were among 10 people killed by shelling of the Damascus suburb of Douma today.
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1829 GMT: Syria. The Local Coordination Committees is now including 220 people "field-executed" in the Deir Baalba section of Homs (see 1749 GMT) in its claim of 364 victims today.
The Committees write more than 20 children and 20 women are among today's deaths.
1749 GMT: Syria. The Local Coordination Committees report that 146 people have been killed today, including 45 in Damascus and its suburbs, 38 in Aleppo Province, and 20 in Deir Ez Zor Province.
The total could soar, however. The LCC claim 220 people were slain in the Deir Baalba section of Homs as regime forces moved into the area. The organisation asserts that victims were allowed to pass through the "Petrochemistry checkpoint", but were then arrested near the university and field-executed.
1641 GMT: Syria. Reuters, citing activists, reports that regime forces have made advances in Homs, moving into Deir Baalba on the northeastern edge.
Insurgents now hold only central areas around the old city and the district of Khalidiyah, immediately to the north.