Syrian army troops conflicted with opposition fighters in the south of the country two days after the government regained control of the Baba Amr district in the central city of Homs.
Six soldiers were killed and nine wounded in clashes today near the southwestern city of Daraa when armed rebels attacked armored personnel carriers and military buses, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement.
Syrian forces killed 70 people today, Al Jazeera television said, citing activists. The government executed 47 soldiers who attempted to defect in the northwestern province of Idlib, Al Arabiya television reported on its website today, citing the Syrian Network for Human Rights.
The monthlong siege of Homs has intensified international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad a year after his forces began a crackdown on protests. The army has used tanks and artillery to protect Assad’s regime and more than 7,500 people have died in the conflict, the United Nations estimates.
Assad forces restored “security and safety” to Baba Amr, “ridding it of members of armed terrorist groups,” the Syrian Arab News Agency said. Shelling of districts in Homs continued today, Al Arabiya reported. A suicide car bomber killed two civilians and injured 20 people and security personnel in Daraa, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.