Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Syria: 15 killed in another bakery air strike in Homs


(ANSAmed) - ROME, DECEMBER 24 - At least 15 people died in a Syrian government air strike at a bakery near Homs, Al Arabiya TV reported Monday.

This follows on the death due to a regime air strike Sunday of at least 90 people queuing up at a bakery in the town of Halfaya. Meanwhile, according to a local activist quoted by Al Jazeera, seven people died in Homs "after inhaling poisonous gas". "Dozens of others were intoxicated" in the al-Bayyada suburb "after breathing a sarin-like gas", the source added.

There was no independent confirmation to these news.

The Sunday massacre of dozens of men, women and children in the town of Halfaya, in central Hama province, was carried out by ''terrorists'' and not regime forces, Syrian state TV said Monday.

''Terrorists committed crimes against civilians yesterday, and the army intervened in support of the population,'' the broadcaster said, adding that amateur videos of the carnage eyewitnesses posted yesterday on the Internet ''were broadcast by terrorists just as UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Damascus.''

Official Syrian media has to date never admitted regime use of fighter planes or helicopters against civilian areas that support the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Any mention of ''anti-terrorist operations'' refers to army infantry. (ANSAmed).

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