BEIRUT — Syrian activists say a wave of violence has killed more than 70 people in Syria in one day.

The activists say many of those killed on Monday are Syrian soldiers who came under attack by army defectors in the southern province of Daraa.

And in the restive city of Homs, the city morgue has received 19 corpses, all of them with bullet wounds.

President Bashar Assad’s regime has been trying to crush an uprising for the past eight months, but the movement has not abated. The U.N. estimates the regime’s military crackdown on dissent has killed 3,500 people so far.

The latest death toll comes from the Local Coordination Committees, an activist coalition, morgue figures and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.