Explosions today rocked Syria’s second city of Aleppo as tanks entered the protest hub of Homs,activists said.
In central Syria,tanks stormed a district in the flashpoint city of Homs as troops launched a house-to-house sweep of the area to crush opponents of President Bashar
al-Assad,said Rami Abdel Rahman,head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
State television said two explosions had taken place and reported a number of casualties,including soldiers. It blamed the attack on “armed terrorist gangs.”
Protests have been largely muted so far in Aleppo,a main commercial hub.
“The tanks entered the neighbourhood of Inshaat overnight,” he said,adding troops were still deploying.
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.
The violence escalated ahead of planned nationwide protests to denounce Russia’s steadfast support of the Assad regime.
“Russia is killing our children. Its planes,tanks and veto are also killing our children,” said a banner on the Facebook page of The Syrian Revolution 2011.
Moscow, has stood in the way of repeated attempts of the United Nations to adopt a resolution condemning the bloodshed in Syria.
US President,decried the violence as “outrageous bloodshed”,in comments after White House talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.
He urged “a transition from the current government that has been assaulting its people.” Troops trying to crush opponents of Assad have killed at
least 400 people in a six-day onslaught on Homs city,opposition activists say.
More than 80 people were killed across Syria yesterday alone,all but 30 of them in Homs.