Syrian forces raid central city of Homs, one killed

July 11, 2011 05:22

AMMAN - Syrian troops killed at least one civilian in overnight raids in the city of Homs, activists said on Monday, a day after the authorities held a "national dialogue" meeting boycotted by the opposition.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 20 people were injured as residents tried to take shelter from armored vehicles firing machine-guns on densely populated neighborhoods. Residents said the raids were the heaviest since the military stormed the central city, Syria's third largest, two months ago to try to crush street protests against President Bashar Assad's rule.

Syria has barred most independent media from operating inside the country, making it difficult to verify accounts of activists and authorities.

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