Activists: 106 Killed in Syria

    A Syrian rebel sniper takes aim at pro-government forces near the Abu Baker brigade in Albab, 30 kilometres from the northeastern Syrian city of Aleppo, on January 16, 2013. Universities were closed across Syria to mark a day of mourning called after twin blasts tore through an Aleppo campus while students were writing exams, killing at least 87 people. AFP PHOTO / ELIAS EDOUARD        (Photo credit should read ELIAS EDOUARD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rebel sniper near Aleppo on Wednesday. (Elias Edouard/AFP/Getty)

    More than 100 people, including women and children, were reportedly killed in a horrific attack in Homs, Syria, on Thursday, according to the antigovernment activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The number killed has not been independently verified due to reporting restrictions. The 106 victims were either burned in their homes or individually shot or stabbed when forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad attacked an impoverished part of the city. An estimated 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against Assad began in March 2011.

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