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    Historic Mosque in Syria's Homs Under Fire as Fighting Rages

    A Free Syrian Army fighter walks with his weapon through the damaged Khalid Ibn Al-Walid Mosque in Homs, June 30, 2013 file photo.
    A Free Syrian Army fighter walks with his weapon through the damaged Khalid Ibn Al-Walid Mosque in Homs, June 30, 2013 file photo.
    VOA News
    Intense fighting in the Syrian city of Homs appears to have further damaged a 13th century mosque, one of many Syrian historic sites to come under attack in the country's two-year conflict.

    An activist video posted on the Internet showed smoke rising around the Khalid Ibn Al-Walid mosque on Sunday, as shells struck the area every few seconds and sustained gunfire could be heard. Activists have reported government attacks on the mosque as early as February 2012.

    Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been intensifying their attacks on rebel-held districts of Homs in recent days, trying to retake full control of one of the centers of the anti-Assad rebellion. Activists said the battle has left much of the city in ruins.

    The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday it is extremely concerned about the fate of several thousand civilians trapped by the fighting in Homs. It called for unrestricted and immediate humanitarian access to the civilians, whom it said face shortages of food, water, medicine, electricity and fuel.

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    by: Seongdong Park from: Korea
    July 08, 2013 8:24 PM
    I would like to point out a grammatical error or mistake in the last sentence.'It called for -----to the civilians,whom it said face shortages of----and fuel.' I think the word whom should be changed to who.

    by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
    July 08, 2013 1:50 AM
    How we can solve this problem? Those peoples with their wealth and weapons can kill so many innocent peoples just to satisfy their ego to CHANGE REGIME. Do we think we are not accountable in front of GOD for this human blood. Opposition can not appoint a president how and when some body will come to solve the basic problem of this country. We are Masters in creating problem in Middle East and then to solve created problem is not our duty.Very shameful act on account of so called civilised society.

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