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  • Syrians walk past a Free Syrian Army fighter (left) in the old city of Idlib, Syria, on Monday, March 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Syria's Baba Amr is deserted, Red Cross says

    The U.N. humanitarian chief got the first look inside the shattered district of Baba Amr on Wednesday but found most people already had fled the rebellious neighborhood in Homs following a devastating military siege.

  • Children attend the funeral of three Free Syrian Army fighters on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in a park converted to a cemetery in Idlib, Syria. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Red Cross handing out aid in Syria's Homs

    Red Cross teams began handing out food and blankets in central Homs province on Sunday after days of delays, helping families who fled the besieged neighborhood of Baba Amr and took shelter in nearby villages.

  • Children hold anti government posters during a protest in a town in north Syria, Friday, March 2, 2012. Syria has faced mounting international criticism over its bloody crackdown on the uprising, which started with peaceful protests but has become increasingly militarized. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Red Cross blocked by Syria from ex-rebel enclave

    Syria blocked a Red Cross convoy Friday from delivering badly needed food, medical supplies and blankets to a rebellious neighborhood of Homs cut off by a monthlong siege, and activists accused regime troops who overran the shattered district of execution-style killings and a scorched-earth campaign.

  • A man walks March 1, 2012, next to a damaged building due to clashes between the Free Syrian Army and government forces on the outskirts of Idlib in north Syria. (Associated Press)

    Syrian rebels retreat from Homs' stronghold

    Syrian opposition fighters pulled out of a stronghold in the restive western city of Homs on Thursday, saying they did not have enough weapons to defend the civilians.

  • Free Syrian Army soldiers gather Feb. 28, 2012, outside a house destroyed in fighting against President Assad's forces in Sarmin, north Syria. (Associated Press)

    Syrian troops move to retake rebel-held district

    Syrian troops advanced Wednesday on a key rebel-held area in the central city of Homs, where three Western journalists are among 100,000 residents trapped by a government assault that has raged for weeks. The forces appeared to be starting a ground operation to retake the area that has become a symbol of the uprising to oust President Bashar Assad.

  • Flames rise from a house in the Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs province after Syrian government shelling. A photojournalist and a war correspondent were killed last week as Syrian forces intensely shelled Homs. (Associated Press)

    Trapped Spanish reporter escapes from Syria

    A Spanish journalist who was trapped in Homs escaped to Lebanon on Wednesday, as the government threatened a new offensive to "cleanse" a rebel-held neighborhood of the besieged Syrian city.

  • Residents stand by their house, which was destroyed in clashes between the Free Syrian Army and President Bashar Assad's forces, in Sarmin, Syria, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Syria vows to 'cleanse' rebel-held parts of Homs

    Syrian troops advanced Wednesday on a key rebel-held neighborhood in Homs, and an official vowed it would be "cleansed," raising fears of a ground operation to retake all of the central city, which has become a symbol of the uprising to oust President Bashar Assad.

  • A Free Syrian Army fighter runs as Syrian government troops advance toward the town of Sarmin, in northern Syria, on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Wounded British journalist escapes from Syria

    Syrian rebels spirited a British photographer who had been trapped in the opposition stronghold of Homs out of the country Tuesday after he was trapped for days under fierce government shelling that killed 13 of those trying to save him, an activist group said.

  • A Free Syrian Army fighter takes a position Feb. 27, 2012, as the Syrian Army advances towards the town of Sarmin, Syria. (Associated Press)

    Activist group: 138 dead across Syria

    A Syrian activist group reported Monday that 138 people have been killed across the country including in the embattled city of Homs where a team from the Syrian arm of the Red Cross brought aid to one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.

  • A Syrian woman (center) dances between pro-Syrian-regime supporters wearing police uniforms as they celebrate outside a polling station during a referendum on the new constitution in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    West calls Syrian referendum a 'sham'

    Syria's authoritarian regime held a referendum on a new constitution Sunday, a gesture by President Bashar Assad to placate those seeking his ouster. But the opposition deemed it an empty gesture, and the West immediately dismissed the vote as a "sham."

  • Syrian student protesters chant slogans during a Feb. 22, 2012, demonstration against Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Aleppo University's Square, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. (Associated Press/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

    At least 50 killed in Syria as regime pound rebels

    President Bashar Assad's forces pounded rebel-held areas in central Syria on Friday, killing at least 22 people, activists said. More than 60 nations meeting in Tunisia asked the United Nations to start planning for a civilian peacekeeping mission that would deploy after the Syrian regime halts its crackdown.

  • Flames rise from a house in the Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs, Syria, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, after shelling by government troops. This photo was taken by a citizen journalist and supplied by the Local Coordination Committees activist group. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

    Syrian forces shell Homs as crisis in city deepens

    Warnings from Syrian activists of a humanitarian catastrophe in Homs grew more desperate Thursday as government forces resumed shelling an opposition stronghold in the restive central city, where hundreds have died in a weekslong siege.

  • A Syrian boy chants slogans Feb. 20, 2012, during a rally demanding UNICEF to protect Syrian children in front of the UNICEF Compound in Amman, Jordan. (Associated Press)

    Dozens killed in Syria; Red Cross urges cease-fire

    Food and water are running dangerously low in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, with frantic cries for help from residents amid government shelling that pounded rebel strongholds and killed at least 30 people Tuesday, activists said.

  • Houses are seen Feb. 20, 2012, destroyed by Syrian government forces shelling, at Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs, Syria. An opposition group said several people have been killed in heavy shelling of a district in central Syria, a day after the army sent reinforcements ahead of a possible ground assault. (Associated Press/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

    Syrian opposition says 16 die in intense shelling

    Syrian government troops heavily shelled rebellious districts in the resistance stronghold of Homs Tuesday, killing at least 16 people and compounding fears of a new round of bloody urban combat in a country careening toward all-out civil war.

  • Mourners carry the coffins of two anti-Syian-regime protesters who, according to activists, were killed by Syrian security forces during a demonstration in the Mazzeh district in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

    Syrian forces mass outside rebel stronghold

    Syrian tanks and troops massed Monday outside the resistance stronghold of Homs for a possible ground assault that one activist warned could unleash a new round of fierce and bloody urban combat even as the Red Cross tried to broker a cease-fire to allow emergency aid in.

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