Today, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights said that at least 3,500 people have been killed in Syria over the past eight months as government forces have violently cracked down on protesters throughout the country.

City of Homs Faces Brunt of Recent Violence

Over the past several days, the violence has been the worst in Homs, Syria’s third largest city. Activists have said that more than 110 people have been killed this week alone. The amateur video clip below reportedly shows Syrian tanks bombing Homs’ Bab Amro district this past Thursday.

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Arab League Agreement Fails to Stem Violence

Attacks by forces allied with the Syrian regime are ongoing despite an agreement reached last week with the Arab League. In accepting the agreement, the Syrian government had committed to stop violence against protesters. In light of the continued attacks, the Arab League has scheduled an emergency meeting this Saturday in Cairo.

Three Things You Can Do

Call 1-800-GENOCIDE: Urge your Senators to co-sponsor the Syria Sanctions Act (S.1472). Pick up your phone, dial 1-800-436-6243, enter your zip code, choose option 2 and you’ll be connected directly to the office of one of your Senators. More information on the Syria Sanctions Act can be found here.

Stay tuned: Every Friday we will be posting an update on the situation in Syria to our blog. We will continue to blog about breaking news throughout the week.

Watch: Tonight PBS will air a Frontline report, “Syria Undercover: Inside an Activist Safehouse”.

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