Death toll rises in Homs

President Bashar al Assad’s troops have also launched an attack, backed by   hundreds of armoured vehicles, on the town of Zabadani, the Syrian   Observatory for Human Rights said today.

At least 17 people have died in Homs today, the British-based activist group   said, but the death toll is feared to be much higher. At least one activist   put the toll at 50.

The US has closed its embassy in Syria, officials have told CNN.

The fresh wave of attacks came after British Foreign Minister William Hague   and US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice both warned that further bloodshed in   Syria would be on Russia and China’s hands.

The SNC said the regime had encircled Homs with tanks ahead of “a major   offensive”.

“What is happening is horrible, it’s beyond belief,” said Omar   Shaker, an activist in Homs. The sound of gunfire and loud explosions could   be heard in the background as he spoke.

“There is a large number of martyrs,” he said. “It is the first   time we are undergoing attacks of such intensity.”

Shaker said activists were transporting the wounded to the city’s mosques.   Some reports said medical centres were being shelled.

“There is nowhere to take shelter, nowhere to hide,” he said. “We   are running short of medical supplies and we are only able to provide basic   treatment to the injured.”

Arab satellite television stations broadcast live footage from Homs this   morning as the bombs went off during the call to prayer.


(Source: Telegraph)


Posted on February 7, 2012, in Aid Convoy 2 Syria. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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