At least 25 people have been killed following a twin bomb attack in Syria.
The violence has now spread to the northern city of Aleppo, the country’s commercial hub, which up until now had been relatively unaffected by the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
The blasts killed both soldiers and civilians at buildings used by military intelligence and security forces as a base. Scenes of the carnage were shown live on Syrian television, which consistently portrays the revolt as the work of foreign-backed terrorists.
A Rebel leader, Colonel Riyad al-Asaad, is reported to have claimed responsibility for an attack on the city, but said the explosions came after his group had left.
In Homs, the city that has borne the brunt of the violence, rebels say an onslaught by government forces continues unabated. Districts that have been under the control of the Free Syrian Army for months have come under sustained bombardment over the past five days.
Russia and China received international condemnation for their veto of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria, since when the violence has worsened.