Syria continues assault on Homs08/02/2012 - 09:18:17
Syrian troops have continued shelling residential neighbourhoods in the central city of Homs for the fifth straight day, killing scores of people, activists said.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “tens of citizens were killed” in the shelling of the neighbourhoods of Bayadah, Baba Amr, Khaldiyeh and Karm el-Zeytoun.
Omar Shaker, an activist in Baba Amr, said his neighbourhood had come under “very intense shelling” by tanks, mortars, artillery and heavy machine guns.
Mr Shaker said he had counted five bodies today in his district.
The violence comes as President Bashar Assad’s regime is increasingly isolated.
Five European and six Gulf nations have pulled their ambassadors out of Damascus, and the US has closed its embassy in Syria.
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