Syrian Army Kill Hundreds as Rebels Wait for Help

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Human rights groups say Syria's army killed scores of people Thursday in attacks on the city of Homs.

President Bashar al-Assad's regime has earned worldwide outrage for months of violence against its own citizens. Yet, military assistance is slow in coming.

One amateur video showed the destruction of a neighborhood in Homs, Syria's third largest city and the center of the opposition to Assad. Hundreds of people are believed to have died since the offensive began last weekend.

On Wednesday, Syrian forces fired a mortal shell into a hospital, killing 18 premature babies. The death of another child angered one British Syrian.

"He got hit this morning, in his house. Is this what the U.N. is waiting for? Is this what the U.N. is waiting for? Any more children left till they kill all the children, all the women?" the unidentified man asked.

"I deeply regret that the Security Council has been unable to speak with one clear voice to end the bloodshed. The failure to do so is disastrous for the people of Syria," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said.

After nearly a year of military repression and an estimated 7,000 deaths, governments in Europe, the U.S, and the Sunni Arab world are losing patience with al-Assad. However, unlike Libya, the White House still refuses military involvement in Syria.

"We are pursuing the path that includes isolating and pressuring the Assad regime so that it stops its heinous slaughtering of its own people," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

But there is some movement in the Pentagon to draw up military plans. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has suggested the possibility of arming the country's opposition forces into a Free Syrian army.

In the meantime, the scenes of killing are hard to take for Syrians living abroad. Ismael Attal works at a Kabob Restaurant in Michigan. He has many family members living in Syria.

"My cousins. My grandmom. Everybody," he told a reporter.

Attal explained the regime goes after the families of activists abroad.

"If you want to be against Assad, your family will be in danger," he said.

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John Waage

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John Waage has covered politics and analyzed elections for CBN News since 1980, including primaries, conventions, and general elections. 

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