WRAPUP 3-Arabs back Syria opposition; Homs bombardment resumes

Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:17am GMT

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By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Yasmine Saleh

AMMAN/CAIRO, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Syrian forces resumed their bombardment of the city of Homs on Monday after Arab countries called for U.N. peacekeepers and pledged their firm support for the opposition battling President Bashar al-Assad.

Opposition campaigners said tank fire was concentrated on two large Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods that have been at the forefront of opposition to Assad. They said 23 people were killed on Sunday, prompting street demonstrations across the country in support of Homs.

"Mortar rounds and bombardment from BTRs (infantry fighting vehicles) are heavily hitting Baba Amro. We do not have numbers for any casualties because there is no communication with the district and the live feed camera relaying live footage from there appears to have been knocked out," activist Mohammad al-Hassan old Reuters from Homs.

The authorities say they are fighting "terrorists" in Homs and the rest of the mostly Sunni Muslim country of 21 million.   Continued...

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