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Syria: Violence in Homs; toll rises to 80

Last Updated: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 00:00

Zeenews Bureau

Beirut: The Syrian Army on Sunday intensified its bombing of the central city of Homs. This came on a day when at least 10 people were killed across Syria, according to the BBC.

Homs has come under heavy attack in the recent days and activists have warned that civilians are trapped without access to essential supplies like food and medicines.

The weekend death toll, including today’s figure, has reached nearly 80, a watchdog said.

A civilian was killed in the rebel stronghold of Khalidiyeh, which, like other parts of the central city, was "being shelled and shot at by regime forces who have been trying to enter these districts for several days," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Amateur video posted on YouTube by anti-regime activists in the surrounded Homs district of Jourat al-Shiah showed widespread destruction, deserted streets and parts of a building shelled and on fire.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said over 1,000 families in Homs need to be evacuated, as per the BBC.

Meanwhile, activists have also criticised the UN observer mission in Syria for deciding to suspend its activities.

First Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 23:56

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