Syrian warplanes have bombed the shattered Baba Amr district of Homs, a day after rebels made a surprise push into their former bastion.
Syria’s third biggest city, Homs has been in army hands for one year. It has seen major fighting in the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.
According to opposition sources, the Sunni rebels broke through army lines in the north and west of Homs on Sunday to loosen a months-long military siege on their strongholds, 140 km north of Damascus.
Homs lies on a road juncture linking army bases on the Mediterranean coast and government forces in the capital.
Assad appears to be focusing his military campaign on holding the main cities along a highway axis running north of Homs to Hama and Aleppo and south to Damascus and Deraa.