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Fresh violence in Syria as peace plan unravels

 Protester chant slogans during an anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Over 1...
 A Syrian Protester covers her face with a Syrian flag as she attends an anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo,...
 Protester chant slogans during an anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Over 1...
 Protesters wave a big syrian flag during their anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, Nov. 2,...

Mideast Egypt Syria

Protester chant slogans during an anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Over 1...

Mideast Egypt Syria

A Syrian Protester covers her face with a Syrian flag as she attends an anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo,...

Mideast Egypt Syria

Protester chant slogans during an anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Over 1...

Mideast Egypt Syria

Protesters wave a big syrian flag during their anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, Nov. 2,...

Fresh violence erupted Saturday in the restive city of Homs as tank shells slammed into a city that has turned into one of Syria's main centers of both protest and reprisal during the seven-month uprising, activists said.
Bloodshed linked to the military crackdown on dissent and what appear to be sectarian revenge killings have engulfed Homs in recent weeks, killing scores of people in the country's third-largest city.
Two main activist groups, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordinating Committees, said there were casualties Saturday but the exact figure was not immediately clear.
On Friday, a peace plan brokered by the Arab League appeared to unravel as security forces killed more than 15 people, opening fire on thousands of protesters who denounced President Bashar Assad and said he never intended to hold up his end of the deal to end the violence.
The crisis in Syria has burned for nearly eight months despite widespread condemnation and international sanctions aimed at chipping away at the ailing economy and isolating Assad and his tight circle of relatives and advisers. The protesters have grown increasingly frustrated with the limits of their peaceful movement, and there are signs of a growing armed rebellion in some areas.
Syria blames the bloodshed on "armed gangs" and extremists acting out a foreign agenda to destabilize the regime. Assad has played on some of the countries worst fears to rally support behind him, painting himself as the lone force who can ward off the kind of radicalism and sectarianism that have bedeviled neighbors in Iraq and Lebanon.
Tremors from the unrest in Syria could shake the region. Damascus' web of allegiances extends to Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement and Iran's Shiite theocracy. And although Syria sees Israel as the enemy, the countries have held up a fragile truce for years.


Updated : 2020-12-04 07:23 GMT+08:00