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At least 60 people killed across Syria on Saturday
At least 60 people - 31 civilians, 19 soldiers and 10 rebels and deserters - were killed across Syria on Saturday, activists said. In the eastern city of Deir Az Zor, seven members of one family were among 13 people killed in a bombardment by regime forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The observatory also said a "large number of families" have fled their towns in northern Aleppo province "for fear of shelling and lack of water, electricity and medical services".
Districts of the central city of Homs, under army bombardment for more than a month, were also being shelled on Saturday.
The Syrian General Revolutionary Authority said the shelling intensified through the night in the Old Homs neighbourhood and Hamidiyeh, where "many people were buried under the rubble" of a collapsed building.
In Damascus, regime forces clashed with rebels and stormed the neighbourhood of Barzeh, attempting to break a strike, while a taxi driver was shot dead in the same area.
The Local Coordination Committees, made up of anti-regime activists on the ground, reported general strikes in and around Damascus to honour those killed in the anti-regime uprising.
It said that "strikes in the souks of Medhat Pasha, Hareeqa and Hamidiyeh" were put down by regime troops who "broke the locks of the shops to force the owners to end the strike."