Activists claim two children around the age of 10 are among four people killed in a Syrian village 22 kilometres north-west of Homs. They say people living there refused to obey a government curfew and were shot at.
The deaths continue to mount up in the eight month conflict between President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition. So far, more than 3,500 people have been killed, according to the United Nations.
Criticism from Turkey against the Syrian leader gets stronger by the day. Speaking at a party meeting, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was scathing.
“If you want to see someone who fought against his own people until his death, check Nazi Germany, check Hitler, check Mussolini, check Romania’s Ceaucescu,” Erdogan said.
He also implored Assad to resign: “Before there is more bloodshed, before there is more torture, for the sake of your own people’s, country and region, give up your power, step down from your leadership.”
Authorities continue to claim the opposition are armed terrorists massacring civilians and members of the army.
State television showed footage of weapons recovered from so-called terrorists in Homs, reporting that a number of them had been arrested.