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Syria to evacuate civilians trapped in Homs

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BEIRUT (AP) – Syria’s government said Tuesday it was ready to act on a U.N. call to evacuate civilians who have been trapped in the rebellious central city of Homs for more than a week, but blamed rebels for obstructing efforts to do so. Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, chief of the U.N. observer mission in [...]

Homs bombed by Syrian troops

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BEIRUT – Activists say Syrian troops are shelling the rebel-held neighborhood of Khaldiyeh in the central city of Homs. The activists say Friday’s bombardment appears to be a preparation for the troops to storm the area, which has been in rebel hands for months. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination [...]

UN observers visit embattled Syrian city Homs

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BEIRUT – Syria’s state news agency says U.N. observers are touring an embattled neighborhood in the central city of Homs. SANA said Sunday the observers were visiting Khaldiyeh, an area that has seen heavy government shelling and clashes between Syrian forces and rebels. Fifteen monitors are now in Syria, struggling to promote a peace plan [...]

Syrian forces begin second day of government attacks

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BEIRUT – Syrian activists said troops bombarded a Damascus suburb with mortar shells and machine guns Wednesday, a day after special envoy Kofi Annan described the situation in Syria as bleak. This is the second day of government attacks on Douma despite visits to the suburb by U.N. cease-fire monitors. Activists say these visits deter [...]

Homs shelling continues despite cease-fire

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BEIRUT – An activists group says Syrian troops are intensely shelling a rebel-held neighborhood of the central city of Homs. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a mortar round hits the neighborhood of Khaldiyeh every five minutes on Friday. The group says sounds of explosions and cracks of gunfire are also being heard [...]

Syria troops violate week-old truce

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BEIRUT – Activists say Syrian government forces are pounding a rebel stronghold with mortar fire, violating a week-old cease-fire the international community is reluctant to declare dead despite ongoing violence. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the regime on Wednesday resumed its attack on the city of Homs, battered by artillery for weeks. [...]

Rebel-held Homs shelled by Syrian troops

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BEIRUT – Syrian activists say troops are shelling rebel-held neighborhoods in the central city of Homs with at least five people seriously wounded. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees have been reporting shelling in Homs for days as President Bashar Assad’s forces appear to be preparing for an operation [...]

Kofi Annan begins second day of talks with Syrian president

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BEIRUT – United Nations envoy Kofi Annan will hold a second meeting with the country’s President Bashar Assad on Sunday to discuss proposals for stopping violence and starting a political dialogue, a U.N. official in Damascus said. In his talks with Assad on Saturday, Annan made several proposals towards ending the country’s yearlong political crisis. [...]

Syria, torture in Homs’ hospital

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DAMASCUS – An amateur video shows torture in Syria. According with some sources people remain in beds with chain. Watch a photo:

Syrian troops in Homs area, Red Cross blocked

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BEIRUT – Syrian troops shelled Saturday several districts in the rebellious central city of Homs where a standoff continued between a Red Cross convoy and the government that has blocked the delivery of food, medical supplies and blankets to the thousands still stranded in the area. Abu Hassan al-Homsi, a doctor at a makeshift clinic [...]

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