Photo Gallery: Syria implodes as U.N. condemns Assad

Haunting images from inside Syria

Jack Rodolico By Jack Rodolico

“I think that based on definitions of war criminal and crimes against humanity, there would be an argument to be made that he would fit into that category,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Since last March, the United Nations estimates at least 7,500 Syrians have died at the hands of government forces. Among the dead are at least 280 children, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a collection of local committees from throughout Syria that have emerged since the uprising began. The same group says at least 102 people died just yesterday. And as the UN Human Rights Council calls for an immediate ceasefire, the regime of President Bashar al-Assad accuses the HRC of inciting terrorism. This week’s photo gallery from Latitude News takes a hard look at life inside Syria.

Children take part in a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Kafranbel, near Idlib, February 27, 2012. The word on the girl's forehead reads: "Freedom." (REUTERS/Handout)

Syrians attend a mass funeral for more than a dozen of people, whom anti-government protesters said were killed during clashes with Syrian forces, at Khaldiyeh area in Homs city, February 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Men march during the funeral of Mohamed Ammar, who was killed by the Syrian Army in Al Qusayr, February 28, 2012. On Tuesday, Syrian forces shelled an opposition stronghold in Hama province, killing 20 people, as two wounded foreign journalists trapped in the city were reported to have been smuggled safely to Lebanon. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui, leaves the U.N. Human Rights Council after his speech at the emergency debate on human rights and humanitarian situation in Syria, at the United Nations in Geneva February 28, 2012. The ambassador claimed sanctions imposed by some countries were preventing Damascus from buying medicines and fuel. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

A boy holds a banner during a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Al Qusayr, February 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

A boy shows empty shells and cartridges that he had collected after government forces shelled Sermeen near the northern city of Idlib, February 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

People stand around the bodies of members of the Free Syrian Army who were killed by "Al Chabiha," or civilian supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near the northern city of Idlib, February 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma speak to the media after voting at a referendum on a new constitution at a polling station at a Syrian TV station building in Damascus, February 26, 2012. This handout photograph was released by Syria's national news agency SANA. (REUTERS/SANA)

A man holds up a defaced poster of President Bashar al-Assad for a boy to kick after heavy shelling by government forces in Sermeen near the northern city of Idlib, February 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)