Syrian Army Targets Wounded In Homs

    Image #: 16829229    A wounded man is seen in the Sunni Muslim district of Bab Amro in Homs in this handout picture received February 8, 2012. Syrian forces thrust into the rebellious city of Homs on Wednesday, killing as many as 100 civilians by the account of opposition activists, and Turkey appeared to be preparing a new diplomatic push against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. REUTERS/Mulham Alnader/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)     REUTERS/Mulham Alnader /LANDOV

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    The city of Homs in western Syria has been under siege for five days now. With no sign of the violence abating, the Syrian Army is now attacking medical personnel, field hospitals, and the wounded in some of the most vicious fighting yet. “Medicine is being used as a weapon of persecution,” Marie-Pierre Allie, president of Doctors Without Borders, told CNN. The city’s streets are littered with bodies because the shelling has become so intense that people are afraid to leave their homes. The BBC reports that pro-government militias are storming residences, murdering people. President Bashar al-Assad has been cracking down on antigovernment protesters for the last 11 months, during which time U.N. officials estimate roughly 6,000 people have died.

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