Violence has escalated in Homs, as President Bashar al-Assad’s troops have moved into a residential district, where they are making house arrests and looting buildings, activists told Reuters. Six civilians, include two women and a young child, were killed elsewhere in the city after at least 100 died last week when troops rolled in with tanks. Assad continues to stick to the overplayed tune that he is fighting armed gangs, despite outrage from both the Arab and Western world over the rising death toll. The Arab League scheduled an emergency meeting on Saturday to address last week’s surge in deadly assaults. The city of Damascus now faces potential fallout from the Arab League for failing to comply with its peace plan.