More than 300 Syrians, including at least  87 children and 30 women, have been killed in the week-long “barrel-bombing” offensive by the regime on Syrian President Bassar al-Assad, opposition sources reported.

The civil war’s violence, which consistently has been reported as the worst possible, continues to defy description for its barbarity on both sides. A rebel suicide bombing killed 10 people on Sunday in central Syria.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross has estimated that more than 500,000 people have been wounded in  the war and that tens of thousands have been “detained.”

The death toll ranges anywhere from 125,000 to 200,000, and more than four million have fled the country, which only the years ago was considered the kingpin by the Obama administration for peace in the Middle East. The number of homeless is estimated to be at 9 million, which is more than a third of Syria’s total population.

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