AMMAN - At least 11 people were killed and dozens were wounded on Sunday in intensified Syrian army shelling on Sunni Muslim districts of the city of Homs, the epicenter of the revolt, a day after UN observers suspended their work, opposition activists said.

"Around 85 percent Homs is now under shelling or bombardment with mortar rounds and heavy machine guns. Dozens of wounded are without treatment because all the hospitals have fallen under the control of shabbiha. The dead are the lucky ones," Abu Imad, one of the opposition campaigners, told Reuters by phone.

He was referring to the militia, known as shabbiha (ghosts), loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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