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Syria amateur video: Huge blast as troops shell Homs, protesters under fire

Syrian troops stormed a restive neighbourhood in the rebellious city of Homs, kicking in doors and making house-to-house arrests in an area that has spiralled out of government control for nearly a week. Amateur video showed a large explosion in Baba Amr, a major centre of resistance, purportedly a tank strike, and people were seen running for cover as automatic weapon fire could be heard. In some of the first pictures to emerge of the aftermath of the fighting, some homes had been allegedly shelled and rubbish was piling up on the streets as collections were suspended by the fighting.

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Arab League agreement has little effect on Syria's violence

Despite an apparent agreement negotiated by the Arab League to bring an end to the Syrian government's violent crackdown on protests, fighting still continues in some of the country's major cities.

At least 110 people have died in Homs, where armed opposition elements centred in the Bab Amr area have fought back against security forces, while at least four people were injured in Hama on Tuesday.

One well-known Syrian celebrity, activist Fadwa Suleiman, also lent her voice to the demonstrators, saying children were being killed in the crackdown. The United Nations says 3,500 people have died since protests began in March.

Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal reports.

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A personal tale of anguish in Syria

The family of one of the most senior officers to defect from the Syrian army have told Al Jazeera how they have been targeted by the Syrian government.

Syria's eight month crackdown has extended beyond street violence, with claims of killings and torture.

Zeina Khodr reports on the Harmoush family and what they've gone through.

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Syria violence continues amid armed clashes

In Syria, video has emerged which seems to suggest that opposition groups are arming themselves in the fight against government forces.

The footage, reportedly shot in Homs on Sunday, shows members of the military coming under fire from some apparently armed oppostion fighters.

This escalation in the fight for political change in Syria comes as reports of deadly clashes continued across the country.

And all of this is pushing Syrians to pressure the Arab League to act on a peace plan brokered last week.

Al Jazeera's Nazanine Sadri reports.

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Deaths reported as Syrians stage protests

Syrian security forces have opened fire on anti-government rallies, as thousands of people take to the streets following Friday prayers.
Activists have reported that at least eight people have been killed.

The latest deaths comes as Human Rights Watch, a US-based global rights group, released a report saying it revealed evidence of crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian government.

Omar al Saleh reports.

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Rights group: Torture is widespread in Syrian Homs province

Omar Al Issawi, advocacy and communications director at Human Rights Watch, speaks to Al Jazeera about the organisation's latest report on Syria, which documents rights abuses in the province of Homs.

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Syrian Human Rights Lawyer Razan Zaitouneh Speaks From Hiding, Says 4,133 Killed in Uprising

Daily protests continue in Syria even as the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates the government has killed more than 3,500 people during the last eight months in its attempt to silence a growing popular uprising. Over the weekend, protesters carried out a general strike in several cities. Democray Now! gets a live report from Damascus from Razan Zaitouneh, a lawyer and human rights activist, who says she believes at least 4,133 people have been killed. "The average of killing is also increasing. It's now at least 30 persons get killed daily by the regime in different cities of the country, especially in Homs and Hama and Idlib," Zaitouneh says.

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Syria's 'bloodiest day' leaves scores dead

At least 70 people have been killed in violence across Syria over the past 24 hours in one of the bloodiest days since an anti-government uprising began eight months ago, activists reported.

The new death figures come as a delegation from the main Syrian opposition bloc, the Syrian National Council (SNC), visited Moscow for talks with Russian diplomats.

Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Amman.

Warning: viewers may find some images disturbing

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Violence continues despite Arab League condemnation

A decision by the Arab League to consider suspending Syria has done little to slow the pace of violence in the country. At least 14 people, including eight soldiers, were killed on Tuesday, according to human rights organizations.

The fighting increasingly resembles a civil war, with well-armed opposition groups, most prominently the Free Syrian Army, staging ambushes and roadside bombings.

Khadija Magardie reports for Al Jazeera.

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Exclusive pictures of large protests in Syrian city of Homs

In the latest wave of violence, the Syrian Revolution General Commission said 16 civilians were killed by security forces and armed Bashar al-Assad loyalists on Monday.

The western city of Homs, a hub of protests, was worst hit, with 13 casualties.

Two people were killed in Hama and one in Idlib, the Commission said.

These are exclusive pictures of large protests in Homs, with an update from Al Jazeera's Nisreen el-Shamayleh.

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UN: Syrian officials ordering mass atrocities

UN investigators have released a new report accusing senior Syrian government officials and leaders of the country's military and security forces of ordering mass atrocities in efforts to crush anti-government protests since March.

The Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Monday that Syrian government forces committed crimes against humanity, including the killing and torturing of children, and held state officials responsible for murder, rape and torture.

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Syrian violence is open warfare says opposition

The conflict in Syria is beginning to look more like an insurgency after government troops attacked the towns of Idlib, Homs, Deraa and Hama.

Army defectors retaliated by killing a senior army officer in an ambush which they have described the fighting as "open warfare".

As many as 27 people have been killed in the latest clashes.

Al Jazeera's Nazanin Sadri reports.

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Syrian troops 'ordered to shoot to kill'

Human Rights Watch has named more than 70 Syrian commanders and officials, who it says are responsible for attacks on unarmed protesters.

Al Jazeera's Joanna Blundell reports on the rights watchdog's findings in this report which some viewers may find disturbing.

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