Monday, March 11, 2013

Syria: Regime targets flashpoint Homs neighborhood with machine-gun fIre and airstrike

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces fired heavy machines guns and launched at least one airstrike Monday on a neighborhood in the central city of Homs that rebels claimed to have seized a day earlier.

The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting raged in and around the Baba Amr district, sending civilians in nearby neighborhoods fleeing the area.

Baba Amr, a poor neighborhood on the southwest side of Syria's third largest city, was a center of opposition to President Bashar Assad early in the uprising that began two years ago.