Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Syrian troops attack residential areas in Hama and Homs

Troops attack Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods from armoured vehicles and strike oil refinery pipeline, causing a major blast

Reuters, Wednesday 15 February 2012

"Syrian forces have launched an offensive on Hama, firing on residential neighbourhoods from armoured vehicles and mobile anti-aircraft guns, opposition activists said.

Troops shelled Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods in Homs on the 13th day of their bombardment. The city has been at the forefront of the uprising against 42 years of rule by President Bashar al-Assad and his late father Hafez.

An explosion hit a major oil pipeline feeding a refinery in Homs, sending a large plume of smoke rising into the sky, according to witnesses. The blast hit the pipeline near a district being shelled by government troops, they said.....

In Homs, the pro-opposition district of Baba Amr was struck by shelling on Wednesday, activists said. At least six people were killed there on Tuesday, taking the city's estimated death toll above 400 since the assault began on 3 February....."

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