Syria: Open warfare filmed on deadly streets of Homs
Published 24/02/2012 | 12:38
SYRIAN activists have uploaded video to the internet which is purported to show running gun battles in the streets of Homs.
In the first clip, which is believed to have been filmed in the besieged city on Thursday, activists claim a government soldier "targets" a cameraman with a rocket-propelled grenade.
Further footage to emerge from the city is said to show a battle for a key military checkpoint within the city's central market.
The Free Syrian Army reportedly launched the attack to liberate the position in the Souq Masqouf area after, President Bashar al-Assad's forces reportedly used it to fire upon civilians.
Two separate videos are purported to depict the firefight as the Syrian opposition fire from a technical - a heavy machine gun mounted on a small, typically civilian truck - and involved in running street battles.
The market area appears ablaze and riddled with bullet holes following the assault. It is not clear whether the rebels attack was successful.
The new images come amid reports that at least 52 people were killed in Syria on Thursday.
Tanks were seen advancing into Baba Amr, the district where Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times journalist, and Remi Ochlik, a French photographer, were killed on Wednesday, signalling the possible beginning of a ground offensive to reclaim the district from the lightly-armed rebels holding it.
Although more than 7,000 people are believed to have been killed since the uprising against Mr Assad 11 months ago, Britain and the US continue to insist that military intervention is not on the agenda, despite the pleas of Syrian opposition exiles.