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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Syrian forces pound western city in battle against defectors - 28th Sept 2011

Syrian forces shelled the country's western city of Al-Rastan, just north of Homs, for a second consecutive day Wednesday in a battle against military defectors, opposition activist groups reported.

Syrian jets supported government ground forces in an attack on the city intended to put down a revolt challenging President Bashar al-Assad's hold on power, said the Local Coordination Committees of Syria -- a network of opposition activists who organize and document anti-government demonstrations.

The Syrian army was fighting units that had defected from the military, said the LCC and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based opposition group.

In eastern neighborhoods of Homs, a series of bombs exploded Wednesday night, said Omar Edelbi, an LCC spokesman.

Five civilians and four military defectors were killed in Al-Rastan, said Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the observatory. Nationwide, the death toll was 17, the group said, citing another five in Homs, two in Daraa and one in Banias, he said. Read More