Activists say Syrian troops have killed at least 100 people in a northwest town in one of the deadliest incidents since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime began in March.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the killings occurred in the town of Kfar Owaid in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday. It says 111 people died. The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, says more than 100 people were killed in the town.
The two groups had earlier reported that regime troops attacked the town with heavy machine gun fire and shelling, killing dozens.
So far today, the death toll is 14.
The BBC adds
A Lebanese human rights activist, Wissam Tarif of the campaign group Avaaz, told the BBC that 269 had died in Idlib on Tuesday alone - 163 of them defectors, but also 97 government troops and nine civilians.Which means that more Arabs were killed by Syria in the past two days than by Israel all year.