The death toll in the central Syrian region of Homs rose to 13 Monday, following a crackdown on anti-regime protesters, an activist said.
Previously, the number of those killed in and around the city of Homs stood at seven. Police continued to sweep the region as hundreds of people injured in the crackdown were hospitalized in the nearby city of Hama due to the roadblocks .
On its part, state news agency SANA said four troops were killed and 14 injured by "terrorist groups" in Talbisha on Sunday before some were detained and a large quantity of weapons seized.
According to activists, anti-regime protesters took to the streets of Hama and Saraqeb, near Idlib in the northwest, during the night to call for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. According to AFP, hundreds of people also rallied on Sunday in Douma and Jdaidat, on the outskirts of Damascus.