For rebel-held Syrian towns, constant funerals

Syrian rebels during a recent training exercise CBS News

The White House says it's considering humanitarian aid for Syria as the situation there descends into civil war.

The uprising has been going on for 11 months as rebels seek to overthrow the iron-fisted dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad, a dictatorship that began with his father 40 years ago.

In Damascus, Assad met with the foreign minister of Russia, one of Syria's few friends. Assad promised, again, to end the bloodshed.

But his forces pressed their assault on the city of Homs, a rebel stronghold.

The Assad government has banned independent reporting, but for the second day, CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward was able to report from northern Syria, after slipping into a location that can't be named for security reasons.

Among the rebels, the most striking thing is that when you watch them training, it is obvious that they are not military experts. They are farmers. They are workers. They do not have any military background. They are not particularly physically fit. They have enormous amounts of courage and spirit, but the question is really: Will that be any match for the Syrian Army if and when they make a big push into this city?

The CBS News crew inside Syria also visited a medical clinic inside an apartment building in the rebel stronghold, a makeshift hospital of sorts. During the crew's visit, they one man donated blood, which they then tested for blood type and injected straight into another man. It is an extremely basic medical operation.

There have been funerals literally every day. There have even been reports that snipers were actually firing down on one funeral in this city. But it's just hard to even wrap your head around how many people are being killed every single day in cities like this across the country.

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  • Clarissa Ward

    Foreign Correspondent, CBS News

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