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Homs hit after Russia peace bid

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 02:06

Feb. 8 - Activists say forces loyal to Syria's president thrust deeper into the city of Homs after Russia said Bashar al-Assad wanted peace. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE This, say Syrian opposition activists, is another day of bombardment in Syria's central city of Homs. They reported at least 19 people were killed in Tuesday's onslaught. The video's been obtained from a social media website and couldn't be independently verified by Reuters. This footage is said to show the scenes in the Baba Amro district of the city. Other material uploaded to a social media website a day earlier purports to show people fleeing from a building shelled by Syrian forces. Opposition activists said at least 95 people perished on Monday. Again the footage could not be independently verified by Reuters. More than 300 are said to have been killed in five days of bombardment. Homs is at the heart of an 11-month uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Syria says it's fighting running battles there with terrorists directed and funded from abroad. The assault on Homs has continued despite Assad's pledge to Russia to bring an end to the bloodshed. Russia says its weekend veto with China of a U.N-backed Arab League plan for Assad to hand over power was right. SOUNDBITE: Vitaly Churkin, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, saying (English): "Our western colleagues are complaining about us. I could say that we were let down by them, by their impatience." Russia sells arms to Syria and has a military base there. The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said those supplying arms to Syria are perpetuating the bloodshed. SOUNDBITE: Victoria Nuland, U.S. State Department spokeswoman, saying (English): "We've made absolutely clear how we feel bilaterally and publicly about regimes that continue to trade arms with the Syrian government, they're simply fuelling the violence." The U.S. has said it was ready to lean hard on Assad diplomatically but had no intention of using force to topple him. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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Homs hit after Russia peace bid

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 02:06