BEIRUT ( AP) — Armed forces loyal to President Bashar Assad barraged residential buildings with mortars and machine- gun fire, killing at least 30 people, including a family of women and children during a day of sectarian killings and kidnappings in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, activists said today.

The violence erupted Thursday, but important details were only emerging a day later. Video posted online by activists showed the bodies of five small children, five women of varying ages and a man, all bloodied and piled on beds in what appeared to be an apartment after a building was hit in the Karm el-Zaytoun neighborhood of the city. A narrator said an entire family had been “slaughtered.”

The video could not be independently verified.

Heavy gunfire erupted for a second day today in the city, which has seen some of the heaviest violence of the 10- month-old uprising against Assad’s rule. Activists said at least 10 people were killed across the country, four of them in Homs.



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