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Syria Uprising: Homs Bombardment Continues As Saudis Push For UN Resolution

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A funeral procession in the Rastan neighbourhood of Homs province, central Syria
A funeral procession in the Rastan neighbourhood of Homs province, central Syria

Shells continued to rain down on the Syrian city of Homs today in the latest attacks in a week-long government siege of the city.

Tank and rocket bombardments were unleashed as activists said 15 people had been killed in the latest attacks.

Homs opposition activist Mohammad Hassan told Reuters a 55-year-old woman had been killed after her home in Baba Amr was hit by a shelling.

According to the BBC, Saudi Arabia is circulating a draft resolution in the United Nations General Assembly calling for an end to violence by all sides and for President Bashar al-Assad to step aside.

It is similar to the one vetoed by Russia and China in the Security Council.

The UN General Assembly is due to discuss the uprising on Monday, where it will be addressed by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

According to state media, gunmen assassinated an army general in Damascus. Brig Gen Issa al Khouli was killed as he left his home this morning, Sky News said.

Al Khouli was a doctor and the chief of a military hospital in the capital. No one has taken responsibility for his death.

The fighting today follows a double-bombing in Aleppo which killed 28 people on Friday.

The bloodshed today spilled into neighbouring Lebanon, where two people died and 18 were wounded in fierce clashes between Sunni Muslims hostile to Syria's regime and Alawites who support it, AFP reported.

The United Nations says close to 6,000 people have died in the country since the start of anti-government protests in March 2011.

Video reportedly shot on Friday showed tanks firing shells towards the city.

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