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Massacre in Homs

BEIRUT |, with agencies - March 12, 2012, 11h56
The killings occur hours after U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan departs the country.
At least 45 women and children were killed in the Syrian city of Homs late Sunday, according to CNN, hours after the U.N. special envoy to Syria met with the country's president in an effort to reach a diplomatic solution to end the violence.

The killings occurred in the Homs neighborhood of Karm al Zaytoun, according to the Local Coordination Committees ( LCC) of Syria, an opposition activist network.

According to Al Jazeera ; “ they have been slaughtered in a massacre by the regime’s Shabiha [armed men],” the Coordination Committee said in a statement, adding that 25 other people were killed in other parts of the city.

Hadi Abdallah, a spokesman for the Syrian Revolution General Council, told CNN there were 47 victims -- all stabbed to death and burned after "Syrian forces and thugs" stormed their homes.

The LCC described the killings as a "massacre orchestrated by the regime" of President Bashar al-Assad.

SANA, the official Syrian news agency, reported “terrorist armed groups have kidnapped scores of civilians in the City of Homs, central Syria, killed, and mutilated their corpses and filmed them to be shown by media outlets.”

SANA stated that the footage of the corpses presented by some Satellite TV stations belong to the civilians, who were kidnapped by the terrorist armed groups.

Annan left Damascus on Sunday with no deal to stop the bloodshed.

"It's going to be tough. It's going to be difficult but we have to have hope," he said in Damascus on Sunday.

Separately, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Al Jazeera reported that the Syrian government troops shelled several areas as part of a campaign to crush the opposition in its stronghold along the border with Turkey.

Opposition activists said on Monday that 25 people were killed in Idlib.

The reported deaths of women and children in Karm al Zaytoun brought the total number of deaths across the country Sunday to 78, according to activist groups.
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