After the reports that gunmen had assassinated a high-ranking military officer in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian forces are said to have launched new tank and rocket attacks on the city of Homs.This latest assault on the besieged city has resulted in the dead of at least seven people, while some reports give numbers ranging to 15 dead. A member of the opposition Syrian National Council said that the Syrian regime was most likely to wait until the number of civilian losses of the shelling on Homs would force the Free Syrian Army to withdraw from the city.
Meanwhile, the assault on Homs has received strong condemnation from the international community. There is however caution and hesitation to establish humanitarian corridors, since the safety of aid workers can not be guaranteed.
The Guardian, United Kingdom