Feb. 4 - Amateur video appears to show thousands of demonstrators gathered at a mass funeral procession for Homs victims. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Amateur video out of Syria shows a mass funeral service in Homs. The video, which couldn't be independently verified by Reuters, shows thousands of demonstrators at the funeral service--- that was held for the scores of people purportedly killed by overnight shelling. World leaders and Syrian opposition activists accused President Bashar al- Assad's forces of killing hundreds in the bombardment of Homs. They say the attack unleashed the bloodiest night in 11 months of upheaval in the pivotal Arab country. Activists say as many as 260 people were killed in the assault. Syria's state news agency denied that Homs was shelled, accusing rebels of killing people and presenting them as casualties for propaganda purposes On Saturday Russia and China joined forces in a double veto to knock down a Western-Arab U.N. Security Council resolution for Assad to step aside. More footage from the outskirts of Damascus shows smoke filled streets. Amid the sound of gunfire, people run for their lives. Video purportedly from Hama shows demonstrators out on the streets expressing their support for the residents of Homs. In Deraa demonstrators call for Assad to quit. Some one holds a sign saying 'ONLY IN SYRIA - A MASSACRE ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF A MASSACRE' More footage shows yet another funeral service in Homs. The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed since the uprising began last March. The Syrian government blames the violence on foreign backed insurgent groups Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters