Beirut: At least 59 people, the majority of
them civilians, were killed in fighting across Syria on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Britain-based monitoring group said at least eight
civilians were killed in shelling by regime forces in the
restive central city of Homs while 24 were killed in fighting
in the Damascus region, among them a three-year-old child and
a 25-year-old woman.
Five civilians also died in the southern province of
Daraa and one was killed by sniper fire in Idlib, located in
the northwest of the country.
The Observatory said the casualties also include six
rebel troops killed near the capital Damascus and 15 soldiers
killed in fighting with rebel forces in the Bustan al-Diwan
sector of Homs.
Homs has become a flashpoint of the 10-month revolt
against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, whose fierce
crackdown has left more than 5,400 people dead according to
the United Nations.