Latest in Syria: More Civilians Dead, Syrian General Assassinated

By: AP
By: AP
And Syria

Members of the Free Syrian Army train outside Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT (AP) -- Violence across Syria left at least 17 people dead Saturday.

Regime troops have been pushing into rebel-held neighborhoods in
the central city of Homs (hohms). They've also seized parts of a
mountain town (Zabadani) north of Damascus.

Meanwhile, gunmen assassinated an army general in Damascus today in the first killing of a high-ranking military officer in the capital since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March.

Syria's state-run news agency says three men opened fire as the general left his Damascus home this morning. There's been no claim of responsibility.

And Syria's violence is spilling into neighboring Lebanon.

Security officials say pro- and anti-Syria gunmen have been trading
fire in the northern city of Tripoli, killing at least two people and wounding a dozen more.

Lebanese factions have been deeply divided over the Syrian crisis, and tensions have intensified with the regime's siege of Homs this week.

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