Tuesday, April 3, 2012

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - 4th Apr 2012

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake has struck Southern California at a depth of just 1.3 km (0.8 miles), the quake hit at 01:12:08 UTC Wednesday 4th April 2012
The epicenter was 17 km (10 miles) Northeast from Indio, California
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN TURKEY - 4th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck Western Turkey at a depth of 8.8 km (5.5 miles), the quake hit at 00:33:00 UTC Wednesday 4th April 2012
The epicenter was 33 km (20 miles) ENE of Denizli, Turkey
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 4th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 38.9 km (24.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:13:00 UTC Wednesday 4th April 2012
The epicenter was 113 km (70 miles) ESE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN KAI, INDONESIA - 3rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia at a depth of 10.1 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 23:42:19 UTC Tuesday 3rd April 2012
The epicenter was 39 km (24 miles) WNW of Dobo, Kepulauan Aru, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 3rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the Philippines Islands Region at a depth of 109.3 km (67.9 miles), the quake hit at 20:41:34 UTC Tuesday 3rd April 2012
The epicenter was 254 km (157 miles) ESE of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 3rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 14.3 km (8.9 miles), the quake hit at 18:07:00 UTC Tuesday 3rd April 2012
The epicenter was 115 km (71 miles) Southeast of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this

Ferenc Domotor: Hamilton human trafficking kingpin sentenced to 9 years

The leader of what has been called the largest proven human smuggling ring in Canadian history was sentenced to nine years in prison Tuesday.

Ferenc Domotor, 49, was sentenced in a Hamilton, Ont., court after previously pleading guilty to being part of a criminal organization, conspiracy to traffic in human beings and coercing victims to mislead immigration authorities.

With time already served and other deductions, Domotor will only spend an additional 16 months behind bars.

His sentence also includes a prohibition on owning a firearm for 10 years after his release.

Domotor's wife, Gyongi Kolompar, and 21-year-old son, Ferenc Domotor Jr., were also sentenced Tuesday afternoon.

The three family members apologized to Canada, the City of Hamilton and the court before they were sentenced. more

Dallas, Texas Tornadoes



TORNADO WARNING E DELTA COUNTY, SE LAMAR COUNTY AND E HOPKINS NE TEXAS,

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
413 PM CDT TUE APR 3 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EASTERN DELTA COUNTY IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...
EASTERN HOPKINS COUNTY IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...
SOUTHEASTERN LAMAR COUNTY IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 412 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WITH A HISTORY OF PRODUCING
TORNADOES WAS 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TIRA...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35
MPH. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS STORM...IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY!

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR... DEPORT AROUND 445 PM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE...TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE UNDERGROUND OR TO AN
INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID
WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE
CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS. Source

TEXAS TORNADOES EMERGENCY DECLARED DALLAS




A "tornado emergency" has been declared in Texas after two twisters caused mayhem in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The United States National Weather Service confirmed that two separate "supercells" had formed on Tuesday afternoon.

It warned: "Take cover now! Go to the safest room or interior room in your home or business!

"This is a life-threatening situation!"

Dramatic footage filmed from a helicopter showed a Dallas lorry park being hit by one of the monster storms.

Truck driver Michael Glennon saw the twister hit the Flying J Truck Plaza, where it hurled the trailer trucks like matchboxes. Read More

Wintry Weather Cuts Power To More than 10000 Homes in the North of England

About 10,000 homes in the north of England are without power after strong winds and ice brought down lines.

Northern Powergrid said the cuts had affected buildings between Carlisle and Newcastle.
Faults have been reported at about 200 substations, it said.

Heavy snow in Scotland had left 11,000 Scottish Hydro customers without electricity on Tuesday morning but most have already been reconnected.

More to follow...

Experts clueless on Marine deaths, Konkan coast, India

The alarming number of marine deaths off the Konkan coast in the past few days, with two whales and several turtles found beached in separate incidents, could be natural or fishing-related, said experts.

A 35-foot whale identified as a Baleen whale was found beached at Priyadarshini Park at Napean Sea Road on Saturday. A similar whale was found dead at Uran on Thursday. Both were found in a highly decomposed state. There were unconfirmed reports of a third whale being beached off the Raigad coast on Monday. Meanwhile, many turtle deaths were reported over the last few days from the Raigad coast with 11 turtles found dead on the Shrivardhan coast on Saturday.

“We have got queries from Mantralay and Fisheries department and have been trying to find out the cause of the whale deaths for the past two days, but have been unable to do so. We are studying the migrational routes of the whales along the Indian coast and gathering information on it,” said Dr Vinay Deshmukh, principal scientist, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. However, he offered a possible explanation for the whale deaths. Read More

Beached minke whale dies despite rescue effort in North Berwic

A stranded whale in East Lothian has died after a huge rescue effort failed to save its life.

The 15ft (4.5m) minke whale was found by the coastguard at North Berwick's east beach, near the harbour, at 09:00.

The waves were too strong for the whale to be refloated out to sea and it was in poor health.

RNLI volunteers, who spent hours in freezing conditions keeping its blow hole clear of water, said nothing more could be done. Read More

Syria violence undiminished by ceasefire deal

(Reuters) - Opposition activists accused Syrian troops of shelling two cities on Tuesday in a campaign to weaken forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government before a ceasefire deadline next week.

Rebel fighters also kept up their attacks, killing three soldiers in separate actions in northern Syria, activists said.

Assad has agreed to a ceasefire negotiated by international peace envoy Kofi Annan from April 10, the latest effort to end a year of bloodshed stemming from an uprising against his rule.

An advance team from the U.N. peacekeeping department is due in Damascus this week to see how observers can monitor the truce, Annan's spokesman said in Geneva.

But Syrian opposition figures as well as Western governments have made clear they are not convinced that Assad, who has failed to honor past commitments, would keep his word. Read More

US faces limited options on North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) Despite tough talk from President Barack Obama, the United States and its allies have limited options if North Korea goes ahead with its planned long-range rocket launch in mid-April.

Washington is likely to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council, analysts say, and could tighten its already tough sanctions. Such efforts would struggle without support from China, which can be expected to resist any moves that might threaten the stability of its neighbor.

There also is deep uncertainty about where turning the screw further on North Korea would lead. After the Security Council condemned its previous long-range rocket launch in 2009, North Korea responded by kicking out U.N. nuclear inspectors, pulling out of aid-for-disarmament negotiations and conducting its second detonation of an atomic device.

"At minimum, there has to be a statement of criticism" at the Security Council, said Gordon Flake, a Washington-based Korea analyst. "The question is how North Korea will react, and history suggests it won't react well." Read More

Bangladesh's Teenage Prostitutes Turn to Steroids for Survival

Bangladesh's quaint town of Tangail stands in stark contrast to its infamous red light area that houses over hundreds of sex workers.

A majority of prostitutes in Kandapara slum are as young as twelve years old. They take medication to help gain weight and appear older.

Oradexon, a steroid which is used to fatten cattle, are increasingly used by teenagers in the brothels to develop their bodies. With customers paying as low as 50 Taka (60 cents), taking such medication improves the chance to generate more income. It's also believed that the drug keeps one strong, thereby enabling these girls to serve more clients per day.

"In this brothel, customers always look for healthy girls," Hashi, a sex worker and mother-of-four, was quoted as saying by Reuters. Read More

Dutch car plane Test Flight a Success

Apr. 02: A Dutch company has successfully conducted a test flight of a car which doubles as an aircraft and hopes to put the machine into production. Andrew Potter reports

Typhoon-strength winds slow Japan to halt

Tokyo (CNN) -- A spring storm packing typhoon-strength winds caused two deaths and paralyzed traffic in Japan on Tuesday.

In Toyama, strong winds pulled down a barn, killing a man, police there said. In Ishikawa prefecture, an 82-year-old woman died after hitting her head when she fell in strong wind.

Japan's meteorological agency predicted a developing low pressure system and front in the Sea of Japan will create strong winds and heavy rain in Japan from Tuesday morning through Wednesday. The agency asked people to avoid potential weather hazards by remaining indoors.

Strong gusts and rain hit western Japan in the morning and widened northward throughout the day.

A record-breaking wind was recorded in the western city of Tomogashima, at 150 kilometers per hour (94 miles per hour). Read More

Rival fighters killed in Libya clashes

(CNN) -- At least four people were killed and dozens more injured in heavy fighting around the coastal Libyan city of Zuwara on Tuesday, a city official said.

The four killed were Zuwara militia members engaged in clashes with rival fighters from two towns bordering the city, said Ayoob Sufyan, a spokesman for the city's local council.

He called the violence the worst in that stretch of western Libya since the fall of Tripoli in August.

"The situation is terrible," Sufyan told CNN. "It is a real war now." Read More

Muslim Brotherhood comes to America

(CNN) -- Sondos Asem has butterflies, formulating answers to questions she expects to be asked and practicing her diction with the devotion of a high school debate champion. The gentle 24-year-old graduate student at the American University in Cairo is in a hotel room in downtown New York, figuring out what to wear on national television. ("This blazer would look good, right?" "Should I wear more color?")

Like many young Egyptians, she's been tweeting the fallout after the 2011 uprising that brought down former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The stakes are higher than 140-character dispatches might suggest. Asem has emerged as an unlikely unofficial spokeswoman for the Muslim Brotherhood, helping to run its English-language Twitter feed, @Ikhwanweb, and in turn revamp the group's image in the West.

In no more than three lines, often using abbreviations and hyperlinks, she hashes out the views of the Brotherhood, the 83-year-old fountainhead of political Islam in the region and one of the most powerful organizations in Egypt. The Brotherhood's newly established political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, has won just under half of the seats in the country's new parliament -- more than any other group -- and will have a major hand in rewriting the country's constitution. Read More

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION - 3rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the Virgin Islands Region at a depth of just 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 16:24:36 UTC Tuesday 3rd April 2012
The epicenter was 23 km (14 miles) North from Grove Place, Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this

Royal Mail refuses to use 1940s cartoons as stamps because they're anti-German,...... 'Are we supposed to airbrush out two world wars as well?'

Royal Mail has been accused of trying to airbrush the two world wars after postcards from the 1940s were banned for being offensive to Germans.

The light-hearted cartoon images feature Hitler, Hermann Goering and The Kaiser as part of a special edition of collector's stamps to mark tongue-in-cheek postcard manufacturer Bamforth's 140th birthday.

But Bamforth's Managing Director (MD) has slammed the decision to ban seven out of ten images from the collection. He said: 'The official at the Royal Mail's offices in Edinburgh said: "You can't have this one either - it's anti-Germanic".

'I said "Of course, it's anti-Germanic. There was a bloody war on". Are we supposed to airbrush out two world wars as well?' Read More

Mutated bird flu okay to publish, says U.S biosecurity panel

Two controversial papers on bird flu will be published by scientific journals this year after the go-ahead was given by a U.S biosecurity panel.

The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) took a stand over the papers last year out of concerns that details of the studies - which induced mutations in the H5N1 avian flu virus that made it transmissible among mammals by air rather than by close physical contact - could be used for bioterrorism.

Explaining its decision, announced last Friday, the NSABB said in a statement that ‘the data described in the revised manuscripts do not appear to provide information that would immediately enable misuse of the research in ways that would endanger public health or national security’. Read More

Dejon Miller a Personal trainer who dubbed himself 'Danger' used Craigslist to find women for model shoots… and then ‘tortured them'

A personal trainer who called himself 'Danger' has been accused of using Craigslist to stalk women and 'torture' them.

Dejon Miller, 35, from Hollywood, allegedly used the advertising website to recruit female models to pose for his fitness website.

But when they responded he would verbally abuse them and beat them, it is claimed.

Miller, from Los Angeles, was arrested on Wednesday after his girlfriend went to police claiming he had beaten her until she lost consciousness in an attack that police described as 'torture'.

'The victim actually did lose consciousness and probably was really close to actually passing away,' LAPD Det. Brandy Arzate told KTLA.com.

While he didn't give details of the abuse, he added: 'It was very unusual techniques that he would use. Something as a detective that I haven't come across before.'

His charges include attempted murder, false imprisonment and spousal abuse. His bail was set at $1.3 million. Read More

Tariq Jahan credited with helping to stop riots appears in court after 'punching man to the ground for staring at his wife'

A father who was credited with helping to bring an end to last summer's riots accused a man of staring at his wife before punching him to the ground, a court has heard.

Tariq Jahan, 46, allegedly assaulted Sajjad Ali after the pair got into an argument outside Mr Ali's workplace in Factory Road, Handsworth, on July 6 last year.

Mr Ali told Birmingham Crown Court that Mr Jahan drove up to him in his car and said: 'Oi, why you staring at me?' before getting out, coming up to him and then accusing him of 'staring at my missus'.

Mr Ali, 34, alleges he was grabbed by the throat by the defendant, punched in the face and knocked to the floor, then kicked or punched while he was on the ground.

Jahan, who denies one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and inflicting grievous bodily harm, made an emotional appeal for peace just hours after the death of his 21-year-old son in Birmingham in August. Read More

Aaron Wilkinson who shot dead his landlady cleared of murder because he was suffering from post-traumatic stress after serving in Afghanistan

A former soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder has been cleared today of murdering his landlady.

Aaron Wilkinson, 24, of Alma Street, Woodlesford, Leeds, was found not guilty of murdering 52-year-old Judith Garnett by shooting her in the chest and head.

Wilkinson, who was also diagnosed with a form of Asperger’s Syndrome, told Bradford Crown Court he was not in control of his actions when he shot Mrs Garnett.

He has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The jury took around three hours to reach the not-guilty verdict after the two-week trial.

The trial heard that Wilkinson joined the Territorial Army at 19 and went on a six-month tour of duty of Afghanistan in 2009.

Following his return, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by an army doctor and has since also been found to suffer from Asperger's Syndrome, or a similar condition. Read More

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - 3rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake has struck Southern California at a depth of just 2.7 km (1.7 miles), the quake hit at 15:15:37 UTC Tuesday 3rd April 2012
The epicenter was 17 km (11 miles) NNE from Indio, California
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this

Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

The Pentagon recently activated its global missile shield in anticipation of North Korea’s launch of a long-range missile, according to defense officials.

The measures include stepped-up electronic monitoring, deployment of missile interceptor ships, and activation of radar networks to areas near the Korean peninsula and western Pacific.

Three interceptor ships near Japan and the Philippines, as well as U.S.-based interceptors, are ready to shoot down the North Korean missile if space-, land-, and sea-based sensors determine its flight path is targeted at the United States or U.S. allies, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Obama administration will regard any launch by North Korea as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions regardless of whether the North Koreans claim the rocket test is for space launch purposes, the officials said. The technology and rocketry used for a space launch is nearly identical to that used with ballistic missiles that carry a warhead, they said.

Also, because the payload or warhead of the test launch cannot be determined prior to launch, the Obama administration decided to activate the missile defense system.

According to U.S. officials, current intelligence assessments indicate the North Korean missile will be launched from a base called Tongchang-ri, located on a west coast peninsula north of Pyongyang between April 12 and April 15. more

Egypt reports two new cases of human infection with bird flu

Egypt has reported the seventh and eighth cases of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza in 2012 according to a World Health Organization (WHO) Global Alert Response (GAR).

The Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt notified the WHO Monday of two children, a 2-year-old and a 15-year old, infected with the potentially fatal virus.

According to the GAR:

The first case is a 2 year-old female from Demiatta Governorate. She developed symptoms on 19 March 2012 and was admitted to a hospital on 20 March 2012 where she received oseltamivir. She is still under treatment and in good medical condition. The case was laboratory confirmed by the Central Public Health Laboratories (NIC) on 22 of March 2012.

The second case is a 15 year-old female from Giza Governorate. She developed symptoms on 25 March 2012 and was admitted to a hospital in critical condition on 29 March 2012. She received oseltamivir on admission. She died on 31 March 2012. The case was laboratory confirmed by the Central Public Health Laboratories (NIC) on 31 March 2012. Source

Japanese green tea leaves sample with low radioactivity levels Detected

Hong Kong (HKSAR) - A green tea leaves sample, imported from Japan and collected from a local retail outlet during surveillance, has been found to have low radioactivity levels, a spokesman for the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said today (April 3). However, there is no health concern in consuming the product concerned.

Product details are as follows:

Product name: Tokan Maruko Yabuk Ta Ban Cha (Green Tea)
Manufacturer: Ochano Maruko Co Ltd
Place of origin: Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Packing size: 400 grams
Best before date: July 29, 2012

"The green tea leaves sample was collected from a local supermarket for radiation testing under the regular Food Surveillance Programme last Wednesday (March 28)," the CFS spokesman said.

"The test result showed that low levels of radioactive substances, Caesium-134 (Cs-134) and Caesium-137 (Cs-137), were detected at 11 Bq/kg and 19 Bq/kg respectively. However, the detected levels did not exceed the guideline levels of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (i.e.
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4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 3rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck near the Coast of Nicaragua at a depth of 47.2 km (29.3 miles), the quake hit at 13:08:51 UTC Tuesday 3rd April 2012
The epicenter was 77 km (47 miles) Southwest of MANAGUA, Nicaragua
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this

"Batman" Arrested over Facebook Post

Iran bars Reuters over ninja 'assassin' error....No Surprise when you take a Youtube Video and Make up a Story around it to Suit that Weeks Headline


Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Iran revoked the press cards of Reuters staff in the country after the news agency ran a mistaken headline saying Iran was training female Ninja assassins, Iran's official news agency reported Tuesday.

"All activities of the Reuters office in Tehran have been temporarily suspended," said Mohammad Javad Aghajari, the Culture Ministry foreign media department director general, IRNA said.

The controversy stems from a Reuters video showing women clad head to toe in black, running up walls and flipping backwards and diving and rolling over swords held at waist heights.

The Culture Ministry official accused Reuters of calling the martial arts students terrorists, when in fact they are "university students and housewives" who "engaged in this sport because of their love for the sport."

Reuters acknowledged the video report in February "contained an error" and that the headline was changed after a complaint. Read More

Amnesty warns civilians at risk in Mali

(CNN) -- Amnesty International has raised concerns about the safety of civilians in areas of northern Mali now controlled by Tuareg and Islamist rebels, citing reports of violence and looting.

The warning came as international pressure increased on the military junta that grabbed power last month in Mali's capital, Bamako.

"The armed groups who seized these towns in the last three days must ensure human rights abuses do not occur and where they do, they must take action and remove anyone implicated from their ranks," Gaetan Mootoo, Amnesty's West Africa researcher, said in a statement on the organization's website.

The Tuareg announced over the weekend that they had seized control of the northern regional capitals of Timbuktu and Gao, a major blow to the military government. Both towns are hundreds of miles north of Bamako. Read More

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 3rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 28.1 km (17.5 miles), the quake hit at 11:52:23 UTC Tuesday 3rd April 2012
The epicenter was 84 km (52 miles) ESE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Mystery surrounds silencing of key al Qaeda websites

Key al Qaeda online forums have fallen silent in the past two weeks, leaving terrorism experts to wonder the cause and whether a key communications mode of the terror group and its affiliates has been purposely undermined.

The sites, where al Qaeda posts messages and jihadists and wannabe jihadists post messages and discussions regarding their ideology and loyalty, started disappearing on March 23, said Aaron Y. Zelin, a researcher in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University. Zelin also maintains the website Jihadology.net.

The outages were first reported by the Washington Post. No entity has claimed responsibility and U.S. officials contacted by CNN would not comment.

The online al Qaeda ecosystem starts with the different branches of al Qaeda - like al Qaeda central in Pakistan, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula based in Yemen or al Qaeda in Iraq - which produce messages through their own media production wings that are distributed by an entity known as al-Fajr Media, which then redistributes them to the various forums, Zelin explained.

"It is an authentication process" so the forums know the al Qaeda communications are legitimate since they come from the same media group, Zelin said. Read More

Deadly Fiji floods displace thousands

(CNN) -- Severe flooding in the Pacific island nation of Fiji has killed five people and left about 8,000 others seeking shelter in evacuation centers, a government official said Tuesday.

Tropical Cyclone Daphne has lashed Fiji's largest and most populous island, Viti Levu, with strong winds and heavy rain.

The storm was expected to pass to the south of Fiji over the course of Tuesday. The Fiji Meteorological Service said it was maintaining its severe flood warning for "all major rivers, streams and low-lying areas" on the island.

Government officials, including Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, toured the affected areas on Monday.

Sharon Smith Johns, the government's information secretary, said Tuesday that improving weather in some areas was allowing some Fijians to move back to their homes. Read More

Syrian activists' claim Tortured bodies found in Homs hospital (Claims could not be verified)

(CNN) -- Anti-government fighters found the bodies of 78 people, apparently tortured to death, in a refrigerator at a hospital in Homs, Syria, captured from government forces Monday, opposition activists said.

CNN could not independently confirm the activists' claim because the government severely restricts access by international journalists.

The Syrian military used the Homs National Hospital as a detention center "for all those violating the regime's law, meaning opposing the government," said activist Tariq al Homsi, who was in the embattled city.

"We know people were captured and taken there to be tortured, and many activists and youths were taken," he said. "The bodies found had marks of torture. Even though they had gunshot wounds, they were in the shoulder or leg. It appears they died of torture, not the gunshots." Read More