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Published On: Sat, Jun 9th, 2012

Syrian cities enduring intense deadly shelling strikes

Activists reported new violence in southwest Syria on Saturday, saying shelling by troops and clashes between soldiers and rebel fighters in the city of Dara’a had killed 17 people, including women and children.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group based in London with a network of contacts in Syria, said the victims from the violence early on Saturday included 10 women, a 10-year-old girl and two teenage boys.

Al Jazeera reports that “an activist in Homs said several neighbourhoods were under intense shelling for the third day in a row on Saturday. They said al-Khaldiyeh, Jouret al-Shayyah, al-Qusour and Old Homs were being bombarded with mortars and rockets.”

The nearby town of al-Qusayr was also said to be enduring heavy shelling and a large number of buildings and agricultural areas were burning as a result.

Homs province has been the scene of large anti-government protests and has also become a stronghold for the armed opposition.

Dara’a, near the border with Jordan, is where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s government began in March last year.

 

Reported Deaths in Violence Across Syria April 2012; numbers from Syria Shuhada; figures from March18, 2011 – April 10, 2012 Diagram by Voice of America

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