Activists: Shelling in central Syrian city kills 1
Friday, April 13, 2012
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say a Syrian civilian was killed in shelling by regime forces against rebel-held neighborhoods in the central city of Homs.
The Saturday death reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is the first from alleged government shelling of a residential area since a truce went into effect two days ago. Resumption of such bombardments would be seen as a particularly egregious violation of the internationally brokered cease-fire.
Syria restricts access of foreign observers, including journalists, making it difficult to verify reports of violence independently.
Activists say 12 people were killed since Thursday. The regime says two officers were killed by rebels. That number is still much less than the norm before the truce.