Pro-Assad gunmen kill Syrian mediators in Homs

Militants loyal to the Syrian president shoot dead 6 members of reconciliation team sent to try to appease warring sectarian groups.

July 16, 2013 12:22
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Rebel fighters pose with their weapons

Syrian Rebels in Homs (R370). (photo credit: Yazen Homsy/Reuters)

BEIRUT - Gunmen loyal to President Bashar Assad shot dead at least six mediators sent to try to reconcile

The western countryside was once a relatively calm region that served as a refuge for Syrians fleeing the fighting in larger cities and towns.

Locals say reconciliation between different communities is growing increasingly difficult even in remote rural areas where locals had long been able to negotiate truces between residents, Assad's forces, and the rebels.

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