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Monday, April 18, 2011

Renewed Bloodshed Reported in Homs

There are reports tonight suggesting that Syrian security forces are using force against the thousands of demonstrators who gathered all day in the central square of the Syrian city of Homs. Here's a BBC Arabic report  and there are tweets from Homs claiming the use of live ammunition and that security forces are blocking access for ambulances. Those protests grew out of the funerals for as many as 30 people killed in Homs yesterday. The government has been calling the demonstrations an armed insurrection and calling on people to resist them.

Things seem to be reaching a new level of confrontation in Syria. Multiple reports over at Josh Landis'.

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