Bloodshed on the streets of Homs in Syria has been spilled again on Tuesday. Rights groups put the total killed by Syrian troops at 31. Of those at least 26 died in shelling of opposition districts in Homs.
A French foreign ministry spokesman has dismissed the contention that Syria has pulled back some troops as, “a blatant lie”. The country’s foreign minister insists its true.
“We already pulled out some military units from several Syrian provinces. We also think that the ceasefire should be simultaneous with the arrival of the international monitors to Syria,” said Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid al-Moualem.
The words from one of Syria’s closest allies suggests they are losing patience with the Assad regime.
“I will tell you frankly, we voiced our assessment of the situation to our Syrian colleagues. We think their actions could have been more active,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The rebels have not stopped shooting. The anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported insurgents killed six soldiers.
A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army has warned that if the bombardments do not cease it will intensify what it calls, “its military action.”