21 February 2012 Last updated at 03:46 ET
Rebel-held areas of the central Syrian city of Homs are coming under intense bombardment from the Syrian army.
Anti-government activists report that 12 people have been killed so far on Tuesday and 100 injured. This cannot be independently confirmed.
Activists have been warning of reinforced government forces around Homs, ahead of a ground assault on the city.
Thousands have died there in an 11-month uprising against the government.
Human rights groups believe more than 7,000 people have been killed since the uprising began.
The Syrian government says at least 2,000 members of the security forces have died fighting militants.
Article Source : BBC News
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