The Syrian National Council (SNC) warned of a "massacre" in Baba Amr in Homs after the Syrian army gained full control of the district following a "tactical" withdrawal by the Free Syrian Army, al-Jazeera reported Friday (March 2nd).
"We call on the international community, Muslim and Arab countries to immediately intervene to stop a possible massacre in the next hours against tens of thousands of children, women and old people," al-Jazeera reported the SNC as saying.
Hadi al-Abdallah, a member of the Syrian Revolution General Commission, said in a telephone conversation with AFP that "regular forces killed 17 citizens, including 12 who stabbed to death, in this district." But information is scarce because Baba Amr is cut off from outside communications and communications that do get through are limited, he added.
Meanwhile, 35 Syrians were killed on Friday, including 10 shot dead in Baba Amr after regime forces overran the Homs, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Rami Abdel Rahman, head of observatory, told AFP that 10 Syrians were "shot dead" in Baba Amr, but added, "The circumstances of their deaths are not clear."