Four straight days of shelling and bombing by Syrian government forces into the besieged city of Homs have left residents cowering, afraid to escape and fearing for their lives as bodies lie in the streets, unable to be recovered.
That's how activists in Homs described the situation Wednesday. One, identified only as Abu Rami, out of fear for his safety, said he hears explosions every few minutes from bombs launched by unseen forces outside the city limits.
Not even infants or medical crews have been spared, he said, calling it "a huge crime against humanity."
"They are shelling from a far distance," Abu Rami said. "They are using many kinds of weapons -- heavy weapons, anti-aircraft, they are using nail bombs."
He said more than 60 people have been killed in Homs, including women and children and five infants who died at a hospital because the electricity was cut off. Medical conditions are worsening too, he said.
"Yesterday they targeted the field hospital in Baba Amr (a Homs neighborhood) and they killed three doctors of this hospital," Abu Rami said. "We have a shortage of medical tools and medical supplies.
"We have at this moment more than 100 wounded people. We can't rescue them or make for them any necessary assistance."
Families who tried to escape from Baba Amr were captured by government forces and killed, he said.
The medical charity Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday the Syrian regime is attacking the wounded and the staff who treat them.
"In Syria today, wounded patients and doctors are pursued, and risk torture and arrest at the hands of the security services," said Marie-Pierre Allie, president of Doctors Without Borders. "Medicine is being used as a weapon of persecution."
Patients are using false names and doctors are giving false diagnoses to help elude security forces, who search for patients with wounds consistent with those sustained in protests or demonstrations, she said.
CNN cannot independently confirm reports from either side in Syria because the government has restricted journalists' access to the country.
Another activist in Homs, identified only as Danny also out of fear for his safety, told CNN via a satellite Internet connection that people are scared to leave their homes because of snipers -- and that if they venture out, they cling to walls or wind through alleys to avoid the gunfire.
"I have lost more than 30 of my friends," Danny said. "Ten or 12 of them died right in front of me 'cause I couldn't take them to the hospital, because I couldn't move them from the street."
He held up a rocket that he said landed on a house and a mortar bomb that he said hit another house and killed a 2-year-old.
Danny said he is living in a house with about 20 others, armed with only two handguns. He said he is certain they will be tortured and killed if the Syrian army captures them, because he said he has seen bodies with signs of electrocution or even cut in pieces.
He pleaded for international help.
"We want someone to move," he said. "We are living like animals in our houses. We are scared."
The Syrian government has said it is fighting armed gangs and terrorists in its crackdown, which has lasted 11 months.
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