It’s racial cleansing … They are killing people because of their sect,’ one resident of Homs claims
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Syrian army defectors celebrate after they joined anti-government protesters in Khalidiya, Homs province, on Thursday.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports — updated 15 minutes ago
BEIRUT — Updated at 3:15 a.m. ET: Rami Abdul-Rahman, director of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, describes the killings of at least 35 people in the city of Homs as a “terrifying massacre.”
Videos posted online from activists showed the bodies of children wrapped in plastic bags lined up next to each other. Another video shows women and children with bloodied faces and clothes and in a house, with the narrator saying an entire family with its children had been “slaughtered.”
The videos could not be independently verified.