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Syrian rebels withdraw from Homs stronghold

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Syrian rebels withdraw from Homs stronghold


Most Syrian rebels fighting government forces pulled out of the Baba Amro district of Homs on Thursday, said activists, as snow blanketed the besieged city.

A few fighters stayed behind to cover what supporters say is a tactical withdrawal by their comrades.

Syrian state TV showed images of the destruction caused by the 26-day siege. Many of those residents interviewed blamed rebels for leaving their neighbourhood in near ruin.

Government forces have been bombarding Baba Amro, a symbol of the 11-month revolt against President Bashar al Assad, since February 4th.

Observers say the snow is just adding to residents’ misery. There is a shortage of food, fuel, power, water and telephone links.

“This bakery is the only one making bread,” said one local resident of Homs’ Qusair district.

“If I come and say I want 10 pieces of bread, they will just give me five. Why? Their supplies of flour are running short.”

Fuel prices have also soared eight fold.

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