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Syrian forces have killed at least 217 people in Homs, according to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, an NGO that tracks violence in the struggling Arab nation. The 11-month uprising against President Bashar Assad has left hundreds more wounded as Syrian troops continue to shell protesters with mortars. The United Nations Security Council is expected to vote on a plan calling for Assad to step down, though it’s unclear whether Russia will back the move. The Russian government, which sells arms to Syria and is closely aligned with Assad, has refused to support any measure that would call for a regime change.