Monday, 18 June 2012 20:15
BEIRUT: Syrian forces pounded Homs on Monday as they pressed their campaign against rebel strongholds in the city and as at least 40 people were reported killed across the strife-torn country, a watchdog said.
Monday's casualties come a day after 67 people were killed nationwide, including 15 in Homs province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
"Shelling and shooting renewed in Homs city, with explosions heard in the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood," the Britain-based monitoring group said.
"Regime forces trying to enter Khaldiyeh and other neighbourhoods are facing fierce resistance from rebel fighters."
Six people, including at least three rebels, were killed in Homs province, and a civilian died in shelling in the town of Rastan, the Observatory said.
And in Deir Ezzor province, seven people including two rebel commanders were killed in an explosion in Mohassan.
Clashes and shelling continued overnight in several areas of Damascus province, including in Douma and Qoudsaya, which have been pounded ...