Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dozens killed as Syrian minister defends regime

(CNN) -- As carnage mounted in the streets of Syria on Tuesday, government officials also continued their war of words.

No regime cares more about the Syrian people than its government, Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said. "We are not happy to see brothers killing each other," he said.

His words flew in the face of opposition activists and world leaders who say thousands have died in a sustained onslaught by Syrian forces.

At least 57 people were killed across Syria on Tuesday alone, said the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists.

The deaths include 27 in Hama, where hundreds were also injured during a fifth day of shelling, the LCC said. Twenty-two others died in the opposition stronghold of Homs, which has been pummeled by government forces for more than three weeks.

The deaths followed a grim day Monday, when 144 people died nationwide, the LCC said. Read More