Syria: Army launches offensive in Homs
Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a military offensive on Saturday against rebel-held areas of Homs.
Activists said jets and mortars pounded rebel territory and soldiers attacked the district of Khalidiyah, where state television reported they were making “great progress”.
The attack on Homs city follows steady military gains by Assad’s forces, backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militants, in provincial Homs villages and towns close to the Lebanese border.
Video uploaded on the Internet showed heavy explosions and clouds of white smoke after what the activists said were air strikes on the adjacent neighborhood of Jouret al-Shiyyah.