Homs hit with heavy pounding

2012-02-17 13:42
Beirut - Syrian security forces carried out their heaviest pounding of the central protest city of Homs in the past 14 days on Friday, an activist on the ground said.

"It's the most violent in 14 days. It's unbelievable - extreme violence the like of which we have never seen before, with an average of four rockets every minute," said Hadi Abdullah of the opposition General Commission of the Syrian Revolution.

"In addition to the districts of Baba Amr and Inshaat, Khaldiyeh and Bayyada were pounded on Friday, but the shelling of these neighbourhoods was not as intense as in recent days," he said.

The activist said that an "unprecedented" number of military planes and surveillance aircraft were overflying Homs.

Footage of the assault showed a tank firing on Homs, according to a video posted by activists on video-sharing website YouTube.

The latest bombardment comes after the UN General Assembly on Thursday demanded an immediate halt to Syria's brutal crackdown on dissent, which human rights groups say has claimed more than 6 000 lives over the past 11 months.
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