Gruesome videos purporting to show civilians killed and injured by Syria's security forces have swept the Internet in recent months, despite the Syrian government's efforts to control the media. CNN's latest report, below, shows the "pain and misery emanating from Syria" with horrifying footage reportedly posted by activists.
Footage distributed anonymously by activists online often lacks descriptions, context or details, and the content of the videos is almost impossible to independently verify.
Thousands of Syrians have lost their lives in the country's 11-month-old uprising. The United Nations estimates that more than 5,400 people have been killed since March, and children have not been spared. According to Human Rights Watch children's rights director Lois Whitman, Syrian security forces have killed, arrested, and tortured children in their homes, their schools, and on the streets.
"In many cases, security forces have targeted children just as they have targeted adults," Whitman told the Associated Press.
The AP reports that the conflict in Syria is growing increasingly violent, as armed defectors have formed guerrilla groups that target regime forces. According to activists, at least 200 people were killed on Saturday when their houses in the city of Homs were shelled by security forces.
"You don't know if the rockets are going to land in your living room or in your kitchen. Everyone is becoming used to death here," Danny, an activist, told CNN over Skype. "There's blood in the streets. People think our blood is just like water," he said.
Watch CNN's report below.
WARNING: The video below contains GRAPHIC content: