Death Toll Rises in Syria

On Monday, the United Nations human rights office reported that Syria's military crackdown on protests had intensified, with the death toll rising to 2,700, an increase of 100 in the past week.

The U.N. deputy of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang, told the U.N. Human Rights Council that 2,700 people, including at least 100 children, had been killed by military and security forces since the mass protests began in mid-March against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

Video uploaded to social media websites shows ongoing protests in Syria.

One segment documented the funeral of Adham Abdeh, who was killed on Thursday in Harasta by random gunfire.

Two other videos show protests in the area of Homs, a predominant province of the pro-democracy movement in the country.

Other videos show demonstration in al Khalidieh, to mark the start of the school term, on Sunday, protesting against the influence of the ruling Baath party on the educational curriculum. The protesters chant, "The people want international protection."

The second video shows a crowd of women reportedly in Talbiseh, near Homs, holding protest banners and chanting, "We prefer death to humiliation."

The Syrian government has restricted access to international media and Al Arabiya cannot independently verify the contents of these videos.

Support from Russia and China to use the veto have helped frustrate a Western-led U.N. resolution for sanctions on Assad and the ruling hierarchy.

Russia says the solution to the six moth uprising against Syria's rulling elite should be made from inside the country and all parties should take part in the dialogue.

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