Syrian troops pound rebel strongholds

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Syrian troops pound rebel strongholds

Syrian forces shelled rebel strongholds across the country on Saturday as a watchdog warned that more than 1,000 families were trapped by bombardment of the flashpoint city of Homs.

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Published: Sun 17 Jun 2012, 10:35 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:41 PM

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said shelling of Douma, an opposition bastion in the capital’s north, killed seven people overnight while at least 18 other people died in violence in other regions.

Three women were among those killed in Douma, said the Observatory. The Local Coordination Committees (LCC) said Syrian forces have been shelling Douma for three straight days.

Elsewhere in Damascus province, a man, his wife and their child were killed when their house in the town of Irbin was struck by a shell, the Observatory said. It also reported that Syrian forces shot dead a man at a checkpoint in the Damascus province town of Al Tal, while a student was shot dead on the outskirts of Ashrafiyet Sahnaya.

Two others were killed during the night in Kfar Batna, also in the province of Damascus.

Elsewhere, shelling and shooting by Syrian forces in the Khalidiyeh, Bab Tadmur, Jourat Al Shiah and Safsafa district of the central city of Homs killed five people, the Observatory said.

It warned that more than 1,000 families were besieged in Homs, several districts of which had been pounded intermittently by government forces for months.

Elsewhere, the Observatory said, four Syrian troops were killed during the night, one in a blast in Damascus and three in clashes in rebel bastion Rastan, in Homs province.

Syrian forces also reportedly pounded Rastan. In the southern province of Daraa, two rebel leaders were killed in clashes near a checkpoint, the Observatory said.

Syrian general defects

Another general has fled Syria and joined rebels camped in southeastern Turkey with plans to confront the Damascus government, the Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday.

His identity was not disclosed for security reasons.

The defection brought to 10 the number of generals seeking refuge in Turkey since the revolt erupted against President Bashar Al Assad’s government 16 months ago.

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