Massacre reported in Syrian city
Group calls for arming of opposition
Syrian opposition activists said Monday that soldiers and pro-government thugs had rounded up scores of civilians in the devastated central city of Homs overnight, assaulting men and women, then killed dozens of them, including children, and set some bodies on fire. Syria immediately denied responsibility. The attacks prompted a major exile opposition group to sharpen its calls for international military action and arming of the opposition. Some activists called the killings a new phase of the crackdown that appeared aimed at frightening people into fleeing Homs.