Syrian government forces killed more than 60 people on Tuesday in assaults on villages and an artillery barrage in the restive city of Homs,activists said,and the Red Cross called for daily ceasefires to let in urgently needed aid.
Activists said at least 30 people died in the bombardment of the Baba Amro neighbourhood of Homs city,and at least 33 were killed when forces trying to crush opposition to President Bashar al-Assad stormed villages in northern Idlib province.
In Damascus,security forces opened fire on demonstrators overnight,wounding at least four,activists said. Violence has hit the capital over the past week,undermining Assads assertion that the 11-month-old uprising against his rule is limited to the provinces and the work of saboteurs.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said it had asked authorities and rebels to agree daily ceasefires so life-saving aid can reach civilians in hard-hit areas including Homs. It should last at least two hours every day, ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger said.
Several shells are falling each minute, activist Nader al-Husseini,adding that at least two children were among the victims.