At least 217 people were killed in shelling by Syrian forces in the city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights said on Saturday.

The death toll is now at least 217 people killed in Homs, 138 of them killed in the Khalidiya district, Rami Abdulrahman, head of the British-based group, told Reuters, citing witnesses.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny Editing by Maria Golovnina)