Shootings kill 11 in Syria's Homs

AMMAN - Syrian forces shot dead seven civilians in the city of Homs on Monday, and unidentified gunmen killed four state workers, activists said, in one of the bloodiest days reported there since pro-democracy protests erupted.
Syria has faced international condemnation for its crackdown on a five-month uprising against the rule of President Bashar Assad.Syrian authorities say they have deployed troops in Homs and in other Syrian cities in response to appeals by inhabitants frightened by "armed terrorist gangs".
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-Assad troops stormed at least three neighborhoods in the city, 165 km (100 miles) north of Damascus.
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