Homs continues to be pummeled by Syrian forces who shelled the city for the sixth straight day on Thursday, killing more than 30 people with rockets fired into residential neighborhoods. Activists put the total number killed since last week in the hundreds.
In a particularly chilling account, a resident of Homs named Omar Shakir called into Al-Jazerra to say that a rocket had struck a home next to his, where four families had been staying together and that he had personally seen "women in pieces." Shakir went on to plead with the anchor and the listeners for action to be taken.
"I don't know what to say. Bashar al-Assad is not human," Shakir said. "We are begging the world ... please do something."
When asked how he and his neighbors were coping with day-to-day life, Shakir responded: "When you hear the whistle of the missile ... you can't think of food, you can't think of you want to drink something... All you think is, 'Is that whistle, is that rocket coming toward my house? Am I still alive?' I just hope to stay alive." It's gotten so bad that even pro-governement areas are starting to waver as the violence continues and the economy worsens.