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Syria's state-run TV said Monday that "armed terrorist groups" were attacking citizens and members of law enforcement in several cities, including Homs, Idlib, and the Damascus suburbs. CNN cannot independently confirm opposition or government reports from Syria because the government has restricted journalists' access to the country.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 98 civilians were killed nationwide, most of them in Homs. Another 13 died in and around Idlib, while 15 were killed in the Damascus area and one person died in the village of Mari, near Aleppo.
The two countries -- which have major trade deals with Syria -- have said they support a dialogue among factions in Syria. On Monday, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected criticism of the country's veto. "China does not accept the accusation. We are not selfish in our decision," the ministry said. "China does not shelter anyone. We uphold justice and take a responsible attitude. We want the Syrian people to be free from the scourge of conflict and warfare."
CNN's Holly Yan, Josh Levs, Azadeh Ansari, Jennifer Deaton, Yousuf Basil, Richard Roth, Mick Krever, Eunice Yoon and Schams Elwazer contributed to this report.
The good Ambassador from the Russian Federation said the whole idea wasn't about Syria, which he said himself they don't agree with on how it's all being handled. It's about whether nations have the right to collectively force their will upon other nations strictly for what is happening as internal matters for the lesser nations.