Syria prepares for final push on Homs
Beirut - The Syrian military has sent elite reinforcements from a unit commanded by President Bashar Assad's brother Maher to the besieged rebel city of Homs, an activist on the ground said on Tuesday.
Hadi Abdullah of the Syrian Revolution General Commission told AFP on the telephone from the city in central Syria that Fourth Armoured Division troops had taken up positions with their armour around the rebel stronghold of Baba Amr in Homs.
The reinforcements were a probable prelude to a final assault, he said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, meanwhile, said 31 people were killed in the country on Tuesday, including six soldiers, with the heaviest losses in Homs which the regime shelled for a 25th straight day.
Access to the city has now been completely sealed off, according to several commanders of the rebel Free Syrian Army. They said the regular army had also destroyed a tunnel.