An image grab from a video uploaded on YouTube on March 7, 2012, shows a man running in the Homs neighbourhood of Bab Tadmur
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Syrian soldiers accused of 'extreme brutality' by activist

A Syrian activist has told the BBC of extreme brutality against men, women and children in Syria. She said the international community must now intervene.

Nadia (not her real name), from Damascus, told the BBC: "Death is near, and that's fine.

"But the suffering throughout this process, when you see many women with their children killed in front of them, many women with their children kidnapped, they don't even know where they are, they can't ask where they are, many women, their husbands killed in front of them...

"The suffering is extreme, and then you have this fear, and I'm really sorry to tell you, it is not only women who get raped."