BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say more than 60 people have been killed across Syria today, as President Bashar Assad's regime continues its assault on the city of Homs while also escalating attacks on rebel bases elsewhere.
They say helicopter gunships are being used to strafe areas of northwestern Syria.
Among those killed today in the city of Homs were two foreign journalists. Marie Colvin, an American, was working for Britain's Sunday Times. The other victim was a French photojournalist, Remi Ochlik.
Despite weeks of attacks on Homs, a stronghold of the resistance, the opposition factions are still entrenched there. They include rebel soldiers who defected from Assad's forces.
Hundreds have died in the siege, and the latest deaths are galvanizing the international pressure on Assad -- who appears intent on widening his military crackdowns, despite the risk of pushing Syria into full-scale civil war.
Syria's stalwart ally and major arms supplier, Russia, remains behind Assad -- but says the bloodshed adds urgency for a cease-fire to allow talks between his regime and opponents.
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