Video: Scores killed in Syrian flashpoint cities

Dozens of people have been killed in two major Syrian flashpoint cities, opposition activists say, hours after the United Nations special envoy to Syria met with the country’s president in an effort to reach a diplomatic solution to end the violence.

In the central city of Homs, the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC) activist network said at least 45 women and children were killed on Monday morning in the neighbourhood of Karm al-Zaytoun.

In the northwestern province of Idlib, Syrian government troops shelled several areas as part of a campaign to crush the opposition in its stronghold along the border with Turkey.

Al Jazeera’s Jamal el-Shayyal reports.

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