Syrian tanks storm flashpoint Homs, activists say

Tanks stormed a neighborhood in the flashpoint Syrian central city of Homs as soldiers launched a house-to-house sweep of the area to crush regime opponents on Friday, activists said.

"The tanks entered the neighborhood of Inshaat overnight," said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Inshaat is next to the protest hub of Baba Amr in Homs, which has been subjected to a withering assault by regime forces since Saturday that has killed more than 400 people, activists say.

Abdel Rahman said that the government forces were in the main streets of Inshaat, while tanks were firing on Baba Amro from a bridge positioned between the two neighborhoods.

The ground forces went into abandoned areas and began smashing up homes, furniture and cars on the streets while insulting and harassing people they encountered, he told AFP on the phone.

"The humanitarian situation is really, really bad in all of the neighborhoods that have been targeted, including Baba Amro and Khaldiyeh," said the Observatory chief.

"There is no food and no medicine, and this is the main thing people are asking for."

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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