The United States closed its embassy in Syria and pulled out remaining staff Monday after the Syrian government refused to address security concerns, senior State Department officials told CNN.
Local activists reported a weekend bloodbath in which hundreds of people died.
At least 30 people were killed Monday in Homs, according to a doctor at a field hospital.
The Syrian government has stepped up its brutal crackdown after the U.N. Security Council failed Saturday to pass a resolution condemning the regime, activists said.
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