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Homs - Mar 12, 2012 - 16:20

Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 13:20

The Syrian army's crackdown on opposition to President Bashar al-Assad's rule appears to be intensifying. 

There has been more fighting in the city of Homs.

Activists say dozens of women and children have been killed by pro-government militia in a massacre. The government blames what it calls "terrorist gangs".

Syria's information minister told the AFP news agency that "terrorist gangs" had carried out a massacre in the central city of Homs to try to stoke an international outcry against the Damascus regime.

"Terrorist gangs carried out the most horrible massacre in the Karm el-Zaytoun neighborhood of Homs ... in order to incite international reaction against Syria," Adnan Mahmoud told AFP. 

Mahmoud accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of backing "armed terrorist gangs" operating in Syria and being responsible for the violence in the country.
"Some of the countries backing armed terrorist gangs, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are accomplices to the terrorism targeting the Syrian people ... and bear responsibility for the bloodletting," he said.
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