‘Hundreds’ Killed in Syrian City

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    An estimated 260 people had been killed and hundreds others were injured by Syrian security activists in Homs on Saturday, according to opposition leaders in the country. “They’re ready to kill us all,” said Homs resident Abu Abdo Alhomsy. Activists said that the army used tanks, mortars and machine guns in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood, in what was believed to be an attack launched in retaliation after the opposition group Free Syrian Army attacked the government checkpoints and killed an estimated 10 soldiers. Reports were hard to get out of the city, and the Syrian government denied the high death toll. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council will meet on Saturday in New York to discuss Syria—and could vote on a draft resolution that would pressure the government to end the deadly crackdown.

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