At least 38 people, half of them civilians, were killed on Thursday (April 5th) as violence continued across Syria, AFP reported.
Shelling in the town of Rastan in Homs province killed four civilians, including two children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Eight members of Syrian government forces were killed and dozens wounded in fighting in Hom. Additionally, four civilians were killed there by Shabiha (thugs), or armed regime forces.
In Kfar Sousa, a neighbourhood of Damascus, two young men were killed by security forces.
At least eight civilians and six government forces were killed in Idlib, and five soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in Deraa.
Syrian army helicopters also shelled the towns of Andan, Haritan, Hayyan and Atarib in Rif Aleppo after shutting off communications in the area.
The bombardment has caused a wave of displacement in most cities and villages in the area, Al-Jazeera reported.
Activists also spoke about a major security alert in Bab, a city in Rif Aleppo, amid news about defections and clashes at a military training school.
Meanwhile, the Syrian government claimed Thursday that it has partially withdrawn troops from Idlib, Zabadani and Deraa, but UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan said "alarming" casualties are still being reported despite this claim.