Syrian forces kill 15 as US slaps sanctions

Syrian rights group says armored vehicle stormed district of Homs, killing 15 people in crackdown of anti-Assad protests; White House is watching events "with horror"; US sanctions Syrian bank, cell phone operator.

Syria Protest Homs 311 (photo credit: Reuters)
Syria Protest Homs 311
(photo credit: Reuters)
AMMAN - Syrian forces killed 15 civilians in the city of Homs on Wednesday, an activists' group said, despite international calls for President Bashar Assad to end a bloody crackdown on protests against his rule.
The United States said the world was watching Syria "in horror" and slapped sanctions on a Syrian bank and mobile phone company. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who sent his foreign minister to Damascus on Tuesday to urge an end to the bloodshed, said Syria "is pointing guns at its own people".