Clashes in Syria’s Homs kill one: watchdog


BEIRUT, April 27, 2012 (AFP|RSS) – Overnight clashes between troops and rebels in the Syrian city of Homs killed at least one army deserter, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.The fighting in the flashpoint central city also wounded about 15 other defectors, the Britain-based watchdog said in a statement that AFP received in Beirut.

Violence across Syria on Thursday killed 22 people, including 16 civilians who died at the hands of government forces, and six regime loyalists killed in fighting in Aleppo, Syria’s second-largest city in the northwest, it added.

It comes two weeks into a ceasefire that President Bashar al-Assad agreed with UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that the Syrian government was in contravention of Annan’s six-point peace plan by keeping troops and heavy weapons in population centres.More than 9,000 people have died since a popular uprising erupted against Assad’s regime in March last year, the United Nations says, while non-governmental groups put the figure at more than 11,100.