Aug. 7 - At least 57 Syrian civilians are killed in assaults by government forces Sunday as Saudi King calls for the end to the bloodshed. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Amateur video out of Homs purportedly shows people carrying the body of a boy who was killed during an early morning attack by the Syrian army. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters, comes on a day when activists say at least 57 Syrian civilians were killed in assaults by government forces. Footage purportedly from Idlib in Northwestern Syria shows a body on the street. The apparent escalation in violence comes after nearly five months of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule. More footage shows mourners in a funeral procession marching past government buildings .Heavy gunfire breaks out. People flee for their lives. Against this backdrop, Saudi King Abdullah is now calling for an end to the killing and the bloodshed, according to a statement read out on Al Arabiya TV. He is withdrawing the Saudi ambassador from Syria and calling for reforms. In Deir al_Zor video shows tanks on a hillside. At least 38 civilians were reportedly killed in the city despite a direct appeal from the UN to stop the violence. Syria has barred most independent media making it difficult to verify accounts from residents and authorities. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters