At least 37 killed in Syria as regime presses crackdown

At least 37 killed in Syria as regime presses crackdown

At least 34 civilians were killed across Syria today and scores were injured as regime troops pounded the city of Homs with mortars and launched an assault on Zabadani, near the capital, activists said.

State media said three soldiers were also killed by what it said was an "armed terrorist gang" in the northwest province of Idlib.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 24 civilians were killed in the central city of Homs, but added that the death toll was likely to rise because many of the wounded had suffered critical injuries.

The shelling, which began at dawn, was mainly targeting the neighbourhoods of Khaldiyeh, Baba Amro, Inshaat and Bab Sbaa, the Britain-based group said said.

Syrian state television accused "armed gangs" of being behind the latest violence in Homs.
Elsewhere, two civilians, including a child, were killed when their car came under fire from security forces at Sarghaya, near Damascus.

It added that in the country's second city of Aleppo in the north, a 45-year-old male passenger aboard a bus was shot dead.

The army also launched a fierce assault on the town of Zabadani, northwest of the capital and near the border with Lebanon, the rights watchdog said, adding that three civilians were killed in the neighbouring town of Madaya.

"Troops backed by hundreds of armoured vehicles have launched an assault on   the town of Zabadani ... which is undergoing heavy tank shelling," the Observatory said.
In Idlib, four civilians were also killed, three of them, two woman and a child, in a rocket attack on a field.