Syrian troops pummel opposition as truce hour nears

By REUTERS
April 11, 2012 17:04

BEIRUT - Syrian troops pummeled opposition neighborhoods in the city of Homs with heavy mortars on Wednesday after peace envoy Kofi Annan said Damascus had again promised to respect a ceasefire due to take effect in little more than 12 hours.

"Annan, this is your ceasefire," ran the sarcastic voiceover on an activist video that showed a shopping mall engulfed in flames after it was hit in bombardment of the Juret al-Shayah quarter. Sniper fire cracked out incessantly in the background.

At least 12 people were killed on Wednesday, activists said.

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