Red Crescent aid center torched in Syria's Homs

April 4, 2012 19:36

BEIRUT - A Syrian Red Crescent distribution center in Homs - a flashpoint city in the anti-government uprising - was burned to the ground on Wednesday, activists and a source close to the aid group said.

There were conflicting reports about what caused the fire.

Some activists said the building had burst into flames after shelling on Qarabees, a neighborhood in Homs that has seen heavy clashes between the army and rebels in the year-long uprising against President Bashar Assad's rule.

However, a source close to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said unknown saboteurs had set fire to the building, which had been a warehouse for a government company before being donated to the Red Crescent as an aid distribution center.

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