AMMAN - Syrian forces shot dead at least six villagers and two rebel soldiers in a sweep on the countryside north of the city of Homs on Monday, activists and residents said.
The assault on Houla, a collection of villages just north of Homs, which is 165 km (100 miles) north of Damascus, followed a large protest the night before demanding the removal of President Bashar Assad. Around 12 government soldiers manning rural checkpoints had defected, activists said.
Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>