This report focuses on violations by Syrian security forces in the central governorate of Homs from mid-April to end of August 2011, where during that time security forces killed at least 587 civilians, the highest number of casualties for any single governorate, according to lists compiled by local activists. Most of these killings took place in Homs city, the capital of the governorate, and in the towns of Tal Kalakh, Rastan, and Talbiseh. At the time of writing, the crackdown on Homs had intensified with the killing of 207 civilians in the month of September alone, the bloodiest month to date. Human Rights Watch’s June 1 report “We’ve Never Seen Such Horror” documented abuses by Syrian security forces in the Daraa governorate, where the protest movement first erupted.
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