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Heavy bombardment in Homs province of Qusayr kills at least 32 people

Last modified: 19 May 2013 10:57

The Syrian military pounded the rebel-held central town of Qusayr, Home province, killing at least 32 people, in an apparent preparation for a ground assault, a watchdog said.

"After two days of calm, planes bombed the town of Qusayr in the early hours of the morning," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

"It seems that this is preparation for a major operation," he added.

The Syrian Revolution General Commission, a network of activists on the ground, also reported an intense bombardment of Qusayr, which the Syrian regime  has been trying to recapture.

"A rain of shells on the city, at the same time as artillery fire and mortar fire from dawn. Homes were destroyed and burnt down," the group said.

The Qusayr district of Homs province has been the focus of fierce fighting between government forces and the rebels in recent weeks.

Regular troops have been bolstered by militiamen and by fighters of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a staunch Damascus ally.

The area is considered strategically important because it connects the capital to the Mediterranean coast.

Al Jazeera's correspondent in Jordan, Nisreen El-Shamayleh, said that at least 32 people were killed in the attacks, citing activists.

Source: AFP, Al Jazeera

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