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Syrian forces advance into rebel-held Homs district

  • Damaged Syrian Army tanks, belonging to forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad, are seen after clashes with the Free Syrian Army in the old city of Homs October 5, 2012. Picture taken October 5, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

BEIRUT: Syrian forces advanced on Monday for the first time in months into the rebel-held Khalidiya district in the central city of Homs, rebels in the neighbourhood said.

Government forces fighting rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad have been bombarding 12 districts in the besieged city for four days.

"For the first time in months the Assad army has entered these areas in Khalidiya," a fighter told Reuters by Skype. "They have occupied buildings that we were stationed in and we had to evacuate."

 
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