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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.

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by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Mar 4th, 2012 at 01:07:54 PM EST
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