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article imageSyria: At least 12 killed in village rocket-attack

By Paul Iddon     Apr 17, 2013 in World
As rebels battle regime forces for control over two strategically important military bases in northwest Syria some 12 people have been killed in a rocket attack in a village there.
As The Washington Post outlines this engagement comes amongst many as the Assad government is fighting in earnest to undo rebel advances and re-consolidate its control over the swaths of territory the rebels have captured, as well as protect supply lines.
This particular rocket attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, struck the village of Eastern Buwaydah outside of the major city of Homs. Two children and three women were among those killed. The Independent quoted Observatory director Rami Abdul-Rahman as stating their sources inform them that fierce fighting has been transpiring nearby between the rebels and the regime forces.
Video shows a young girl with a bloody gash on her head and a man wrapping the body of a boy in white sheets as someone nearby shouts out, "Oh God, turn us victorious against Bashar, They killed innocent children." The man goes on to ask rhetorically, "Is this child carrying a gun? This child is 12-years-old."
Easten Buwaydah is located to the east of Homs and to the west of the Lebanese border. This is an important region as supply routes between Damascus and the coastal seaports of Latakia and Tartus run through it.
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