Syrian troops kill two activists
Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00
SYRIAN security forces fired on protesters in the central province of Homs yesterday, killing two people and wounding at least eight, as President Bashar Assad pushed ahead with a brutal crackdown -- despite assurances to the UN that such operations had ended.
Mr Assad has come under mounting criticism for the ongoing offensive against the five-month-old uprising -- most recently from the US and its European allies, who on Thursday demanded that he step down.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces shot dead two people yesterday in the town of Rastan, near the provincial capital of Homs.
It said the troops also wounded at least eight people in Homs, where a general strike was under way.
The government dispatched reinforcements to Homs, Syria's third-largest city and the site of intense anti-regime protests, according to the Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the Observatory.
The latest casualties -- along with 29 people who activists said were shot dead on Friday in different locations across the country -- suggest that Mr Assad is either unwilling to stop the violence or is not fully in control of his own regime.