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Syrian forces renew assault on Homs - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Syrian forces have renewed their assault on Homs, bombarding more areas of the central city, activists say, with aid agencies still unable to gain access to neighbourhoods in desperate need of relief.

Sunday's bombardment of Syria's third-largest city with about one million inhabitants came as China offered a proposal to end the violence in the country, calling for an immediate ceasefire and talks by all parties but standing firm against any intervention by outside forces.

Syrian artillery gunners also pounded the mainly rebel-held city of Rastan in the centere of the country on Sunday, monitors said.

Four children were said to be among seven civilians killed in the shelling. The victims included six family members killed when a rocket slammed into their home, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which reported intensive shelling of Rastan since daybreak.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Mar 4th, 2012 at 01:07:54 PM EST
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Syria: Red Cross blocked again from Baba Amr - Sunday 4 March 2012 | World news | guardian.co.uk

* The International Committee of the Red Cross was again prevented from entering the Baba Amr area of Homs, four days after the former opposition stronghold fell to the Syrian army. Activists in Homs said the area was now deserted. The ICRC delivered aid to the nearby village of Abel, where if found a "considerable" number of families who had fled from Baba Amr.

* The UN's refugee agency said up to 2,000 people fleeing the violence in Syria were crossing the border into northern Lebanon. Some 7,000 Syrian refugees have already egistered with the UNHCR in northern Lebanon. Save the Children said some of children fleeing the violence in Syrian were showing signs of post-traumatic stress.

* An activist in Homs claimed the Syrian army has begun bombarding the al-Quosoor neighbourhood of northern Homs. The district was the scene of a number of large demonstration while Baba Amr was under siege.

* Rastan, another opposition stronghold north of Homs, has been under heavy bombardment, according to activists. Graphic video purported to show a girl who had been killed in the attack. The activist group the Local Co-ordination Committees in Syria, said five children were killed in the attack.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Mar 4th, 2012 at 01:22:05 PM EST
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