The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 7,500 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since protests against the regime in Syria started in mid March 2011, AFP reported Tuesday (February 21st).
Observatory director Rami Abdul Rahman told the news agency that "the victims include 5,542 civilians and 2,029 security and army personnel, including more than 400 defectors".
On Wednesday, 13 Syrian civilians were killed in shelling of the Baba Amr district in Homs in central, the Observatory reported.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for a humanitarian truce for two hours a day in order to provide local populations with needed aid.
Syrian official news outlets said that the security forces are operating in the region to crack down on what they describe as armed terrorist gangs.