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.

  • Fred - 2012-02-17 17:03

    More deaths and maimings that are the responsibility of Russia and China.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 20:57

      They are, directly, but the point being that Russia and China are enabling Assad in his killing fields.

      Fred - 2012-02-18 18:34

      By vetoing the demands of the vast majority of the international community (134 countries out of 151) for Assad to step down and hand over power to an interim government until elections take place, Russia and China are enabling Assad to continue with his killing. They;ve given him a license to kill. There's nothing mysterious about this. It's obvious.

      Fred - 2012-02-19 01:24

      "The slaughters in Iraq and Libya, all Western sponsored". That's just rubbish. Who killed all those people in Iraq and Libya? Not the so-called West.

      Fred - 2012-02-19 09:43

      It's all very well saying that Patrick, but answer the question

      Fred - 2012-02-19 17:03

      Which killings?

      nowicki1 - 2012-02-19 19:54

      Fred, educate yourself please. When you dropping bombs everyone expects killings, Western bombs are unable to harm civilians?

      Fred - 2012-02-21 23:17

      Matthew, blanket statements like that do not reflect truth. The freer world goes to great lengths to limit civilians casualties, unlike the terrorist extremists who you enable, even support.

      Fred - 2012-02-22 02:11

      No Patrick. No wonder you post wrong messages about helping the Syrian people. Inform yourself, and don't change words to suit your preconceived beliefs. Don't insert civilian for military and paramilitary casualties when reading about Iraq. And don't hold the US responsible for the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians killed by Al-Quaeda and the Taliban using car bombs and suicide attacks in public places. Unless you want to continue being wrong.

      nowicki1 - 2012-02-22 21:52

      Fred, you are delusional. Soon you will be claiming no civilians were killed or targeted during Vietnam !

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