This disaster could have been averted by shifting rural newcomers to Congo Brazzaville to safer neighborhoods, and away from a dangerous site like the arms depot that blew up Sunday.
Even China and Russia – Syrian allies – have joined the international push for humanitarian relief amid Assad's harsh crackdown.
The Council of the European Union is seeking to tighten a financial noose around the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad.
The mounting death toll in Homs and other Syrian cities is far more important than a referendum the Syrian government says showed overwhelmingly public support for a new constitution.
As Syria continues its assault on Homs, Russia is backing humanitarian assistance and the US has opened the door to arming the opposition.