Dead bodies on Homs streets spark appeal
Beirut - The Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC) activist group in Syria is appealing to Arab and international organisations to help remove "many bodies" still lying on the streets of Homs.
"Arabs, where are you? Come see this," one activist said in a video posted online that showed men trying to hastily retrieve a body from rubble in the district of Bab Dreib, as gunshots echoed around them.
"Because of snipers, nobody dares to remove the bodies," said another activist who filmed a body lying near a bullet-riddled car in Bab Hud, another Homs neighbourhood.
A sniper shot dead a civilian in the city's Khaldiyeh district, and two others were killed when their car was fired upon elsewhere in the province of Homs, said the Observatory.
Security forces set alight four houses during raids in Jarjanaz, near the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province, where a sniper killed a 45-year-old civilian, the group added.
At Irbin, near Damascus, a soldier was killed in an attack on a military checkpoint, the Observatory said.
Fierce fighting was also reported in the provinces of Hama, in central Syria, and Deir Ezzor in the east, said the LCC, which organises anti-regime protests.
Syrian forces on Friday shelled rebel bastions in the central city of Homs and launched assaults in northwestern Idlib province, where they searched and burned homes, monitors said.
The latest violence across Syria killed at least five people, all but one of them civilians, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
It came after President Bashar Assad accepted UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan, stressing in a report by state media it would only work if "terrorist acts" by foreign powers stopped.
Shells rained down on the Bab Tadmor, Bustan al-Diwan, Hamidiyeh and Al-Safsafa neighbourhoods of Homs, a main rebel bastion which has been the focus of much of the protest crackdown, said the Observatory.
Security forces also launched search and arrest operations in the Homs district of Al-Waar, using loudspeakers to offer rebels an amnesty for handing in their weapons.