Siege in Syria rages onward: Residents of Homs in a state of peril

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CNN reports that the most recent tactic of war used by Syrian government forces involves using civilian hostages as human shields by placing them on government tanks to prevent the Free Syrian Army from fighting back.

The spree of violence in Homs has lasted at least eight consecutive days. The Baba Amr neighborhood was attacked again on Sunday by President Bashar al-Assad's troops.

At least 23 people were killed Sunday, including a woman and two children, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.

According to the article, CNN cannot independently confirm details of the fighting in Syria because the government has severely limited the access of international journalists.

The al-Assad regime has ravaged Syria since it began almost a year ago. U.N. officials estimate 6,000 people have died since protests. The LCC says the toll has far exceeded 7,000.

The regime "is now assassinating and targeting anyone they suspect of joining the revolution or thinking of defecting," Free Syrian Army Col. Malek Al Kurdi said to CNN.

Al-Assad's regime has insisted its efforts are aimed at armed gangs and foreign terrorists bent on destabilizing the government. However, virtually all reports from within the country indicate al-Assad's forces are slaughtering protesters and other civilians.

The international community has repeatedly failed to convince al-Assad's regime to stop the massacre, so it's unclear what effect the Arab League talks could have.

Turkey called Friday for rapid international action to supply humanitarian assistance to the attacked cities in Syria, the Washington Post reports.

"We are talking about what should be done today," said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in Washington for discussions with the Obama administration.

The situation remains bleak, and it seems unlikely that the conflict will end in the near future, TIME reports. The rebellion is still resilient after a year of fighting, but there is little chance of foreign government intervention at this time.

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