Assad forces carrying out execution-style killings, activists


Syrian activists are accusing government forces of carrying out execution-style killings and burning homes in the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs (hohms).

The Red Cross is heading into the area following a bloody, monthlong siege by President Bashar Assad’s regime to dislodge rebel forces in the city.

A Syrian activist who fled to Lebanon from Baba Amr two days ago says a colleague still in the neighborhood has told him that Syrian troops and pro-government gunmen are conducting house-to-house raids and anyone over the age of 14 is being detained He says 10 men were lined up this morning in front of a government food cooperative and shot dead.

The U.N. is expressing alarm over the situation and says it’s received unconfirmed reports of 17 summary executions.

The U.N. estimates more than 7,500 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad’s rule began nearly a year ago. Activists put the death toll at over 8,000.