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Syrian crackdown wider than Homs

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Syrian crackdown wider than Homs


While Homs is bearing the brunt of the government crackdown on the Syrian uprising, it is far from the only town under attack.

The northwestern province of Idlib is one of the Free Syrian Army’s main bases.

Residents are now fleeing Idlib city where shelling by regime forces has reduced many buildings to rubble.

The death toll there and in numerous other towns around the country is rising constantly.

Idlib resident, Abu Ahmed, said: “We don’t sleep at night, we are afraid. Kids are being killed, don’t you think that we have reasons to be afraid? We see tanks shelling from there, and there is no place that hasn’t been touched and there is no place that hasn’t been hit.”

A few kilometres away in Sarmin, rebel army commander Abu Haytham said shelling had began at 6 am and was still going on seven hours later.

His men are taking up position in Sarmin, preparing for an expected advance by government troops.

Despite the might of forces still loyal to Assad, the loosly connected organisation that is the Free Syrian Army shows no sign of giving up the fight.

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