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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Conflicting reports emerge over full-scale Homs assault

(CNN) -- Conflicting reports emerged Thursday over the fate of the center of Syrian resistance in the besieged city of Homs amid what the opposition describes as an ongoing assault by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Spotty reports of intense fighting emerged in and around the hard-hit Baba Amr neighborhood, though it remained unclear whether Syrian forces had taken a portion of the area. The city has become a flashpoint for both sides in the uprising.

Al-Assad's government said late Wednesday that troops had taken control, while opposition groups gave conflicting reports Thursday about who was in control of the neighborhood that has been continuously shelled for 26 days.

Two opposition activists on the ground in Homs said the army did not take Baba Amr, while another activist reports troops took control of a portion of the neighborhood, according to Avaaz, a pro-opposition, political activist group.

"Accurate and detailed information is extremely limited at this time," Avaaz said in a statement.

An opposition activist said thousands of troops were advancing on Baba Amr Thursday from four directions. The activist requested anonymity, citing a fear of reprisal by the government.

The Revolutionary Council of Homs said there was "no news from Baba Amr" following reports that shelling by Syrian forces targeted satellite Internet devices, preventing the opposition and activists from uploading video accounts on YouTube. Read More