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Syrian opposition group: 800 killed in past week

A fire burns after a shelling at Juret al-Shayah in Homs city July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

BEIRUT: Syria's main opposition group says nearly 800 people have been killed in escalating violence across the country in the past week.

The Syrian National Council says in a statement released Sunday that most of the dead were killed in indiscriminate tank and helicopter shelling by regime forces on residential areas throughout Syria.

The SNC did not specify how it arrived at the tally.

Death tolls are difficult to verify in tightly-controlled Syria, which imposes severe restrictions on journalists.

But Khalil Al Haj Saleh, a member of the Local Coordination Committees activist network, said the 800 figure appears to be "realistic" in light of the past week's carnage.

The LCC and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have reported an average of around 100 Syrians killed in the past week.

 

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