50 MORE PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN HOMS, SYRIA SUSPECTED “TERRORIST GROUPS” TO BLAME

(REUTERS-FEBRUARY, 7TH)

Syrian forces bombarded Homs yesterday, killing 50 people in a sustained assault on several districts of the city which has become a centre of armed
opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian National Council opposition group said.
        

Damascus denies firing on houses and says images of dead bodies on the Internet were staged. State media said on Monday “armed terrorist groups” were firing mortars in the city, setting fire to tyres and blowing up empty buildings to give the impression that Homs was under fire  from Assad’s forces.
        

 Reports from activists and authorities are hard to verify because Syria restricts access for independent media.