At least 100 people have reportedly been killed in a major army offensive in the central Syrian city of Homs.
Activists talking to Al Jazeera in the early hours of Saturday said the army had used mortars and nail bombs in the assault on the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood.
The military was reportedly responding to attacks by army defectors in the area.
Hundreds were said to be injured, and a medical student at a hospital in Homs told Al Jazeera that there was an urgent need for blood as medics were struggling to attend to the injured.
The BBC has tweeted that “more than a hundred people have been killed in [this] latest violence”. Anonymous tweets that reports say that more than 200 are dead and 700 are injured.