Syrian troops begin ground assault in Homs

After indiscriminately shelling several neighborhoods in Homs, Syrian security forces backed by tanks are seeking to overrun several rebel positions in heavily populated areas of the city. Washington Post: Syrian troops backed by tanks launched a ground offensive on Wednesday to try to retake the opposition stronghold of Bab Amr in the central city of Homs, but reportedly were being held back by stiff resistance from rebels fighting with the Free Syrian Army, activists said. An activist living on the outskirts of the Bab Amr neighborhood who identified himself as Abu Emad, said fierce clashes erupted Wednesday morning after the Syrian army sought to push its way into the area near a sports stadium. He said the sound of the fighting could clearly be heard across the city, but with all communications to the neighborhood cut off, it was impossible to establish exactly what was happening there. The human rights advocacy group Avaaz quoted a person in Homs as saying the army...(Read Full Post)

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