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  Shvat 11, 5773 , 22/01/13

Violence in Syria Continues: 130 Killed in Last 3 Days

A fresh outbreak of fierce fighting has gripped the strategic Syrian city of Homs, a watchdog said Tuesday, as Russia warned of a protracted civil war and helped its citizens flee the violence.

A day after Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said a UN-backed peace mission has yet to yield even a "glimmer of hope," the 22-month conflict pitting rebels against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad showed no signs of abating, AFP reported.

At least 23 troops and pro-regime fighters were killed and dozens wounded in Homs, dubbed "the capital of the revolution" by the opposition, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"We have reports from the military hospital in Homs of up to 130 soldiers and pro-regime fighters killed or wounded in the past three days," the Britain-based watchdog said.

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