Syrian forces continued their assault on Homs Monday (June 18th) as at least 40 people were killed nationwide, AFP reported.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the new casualty figures come after 67 people were killed on Sunday.
Shelling also continued in several areas of Damascus province, including Douma, where six people, including two children, were killed, the Observatory said.
"Regime forces have destroyed homes, farms and many mosques," activist Mohammad Doumani told AFP.
Two young sisters were killed during a pre-dawn shell barrage in Qalaa al-Madiq, Hama province, the Observatory said, adding that another civilian was shot dead at a regime checkpoint.
Ten government troops were also killed in overnight clashes, the human rights group said.
The United Nations will examine its next steps after its monitoring mission suspended operations on Saturday, claiming the intensifying violence had threatened the 300-member team.
According to the French foreign ministry, Major General Robert Mood, the leader of the mission, will brief council members on Tuesday.