DHAKA: At least 50 people, including 13 children, have been killed in Syria`s restive Homs province, opposition activists say, calling it a "massacre".
They said scores were wounded in the violence in Houla, as government forces shelled and attacked the town.
If the toll is right, it would be one of the bloodiest attacks in one area since a nominal truce began in April.
Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the opposition controlled "significant parts of some cities".
In a letter to the Security Council, Mr Ban said the situation remained "extremely serious" and urged states not to arm either side in the conflict.
At least 20 others were killed in violence elsewhere in Syria on Friday, according to activists, after tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets after prayers.
BDST: 1102 HRS, May 26, 2012
Tilka Binte Mehtab, Newsroom Editor
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