While everyone is focused on protests in Cairo, the war continues in Syria.
Via Al Jazeera, Syria army launches intense bombing of Homs:
Air strikes killed at least three civilians as Syrian government forces intensified their attacks and pressed forward with a new bid to retake several rebel-controlled districts of Homs.
A woman and her two children were reported killed in attacks on the Old City of Homs and the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood on Sunday, the Syrian Observator for Human Rights told the AFP news agency.
“Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes on the Old City… destroying a house and causing three deaths,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“Regime forces also carried out heavy shelling of the districts of Khaldiyeh and the Old City, and the sound of explosions could be heard.”
Via The Guardian:
The offensive follows steady military gains by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militants, in villages in Homs province and towns close to the Lebanese border….
Opposition sources and diplomats said the loyalist advance had tightened the siege of Homs and secured a main road link to Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon and to army bases in Alawite-held territory near the Syrian coast, the main entry point for Russian arms that have given Assad a key advantage in firepower.