Syrians look at the damage after an alleged mortar attack by opposition forces on the al-Mahattah neighbourhood of the Syrian central city of Homs on January 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SANA/HO
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Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed dozens of rebel fighters who tried to break an army siege of the central city of Homs, state media and a monitoring group said.Thirty-seven rebels were killed by the army, SANA said, without giving a figure for losses among Assad's forces.Assad's forces have surrounded rebels for more than a year in Homs, a centre of the uprising against Assad in 2011 which turned into an armed uprising and civil war after the Syrian leader's forces cracked down on protesters.
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