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Syrians mourn, as civilian death toll tops 7,500

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Syrian women mourn over the body of a relative killed by a shrapnel during his funeral in Qusayr, 9 miles from Homs, on Feb. 28.

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Syrian mourners carry the body of a man who was killed by a shrapnel during his funeral in Qusayr, 9 miles from Homs, on Feb. 28.

Reuters reports -- Syrian forces have killed more than 7,500 civilians since a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began, a U.N. official said on Tuesday, and Hillary Clinton suggested the Syrian leader may be a war criminal.

The military again bombarded opposition strongholds, killing at least 25 people, Syrian activists said, though a wounded British news photographer managed to escape from the besieged city of Homs.

"There are credible reports that the death toll now often exceeds 100 civilians a day, including many women and children," U.N. Under-Secretary-General for political affairs Lynn Pascoe told the U.N. Security Council. "The total killed so far is certainly well over 7,500 people."

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A Free Syria Army member sits guard at a gate during the funeral of a man who was killed by a shrapnel in Qusayr, 9 miles from Homs, on Feb. 28.