The bodies of 47 women and children have been found dead after a "massacre" in the Syrian city of Homs, the opposition and activists have said.
The 26 children and 21 women - some bearing stab wounds - were discovered in the Karm el-Zaytoun and Al-Adawiyeh neighbourhoods, according to Hadi Abdallah, a Syrian activist in the besieged central city.
"Some of the children had been hit with blunt objects on their head, one little girl was mutilated and some women were raped before being killed," he said.
The Syrian National Council (SNC), the main opposition group, has called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the "massacre", which it said took place on Sunday.
State television blamed "armed terrorist gangs" for the killings, saying they had kidnapped residents of Homs, killed them and then made video footage of the bodies in an attempt to discredit Syrian forces. Read More