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Latest on Syria: Another Assault on Homs, China Says It Has a Plan

By: AP
By: AP
Activists say government forces are shelling several other neighborhoods...China is offering a proposal...after it drew heated criticism from the U.S. and others by vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution...

Opposition supporters in Zabadani, Syria on Sunday, January 15, 2012.

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian forces have launched a fresh assault on the
city of Homs, two days after fighting their way into Baba Amr.
Activists say government forces are shelling several other
neighborhoods where residents of the rebel stronghold have fled.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross says it's pressing to get aid into Baba
Amr, but the government is keeping its teams out. A Red Cross
spokesman says the regime cites safety concerns, including land
mines and booby traps.
The Syrian regime had said it was fighting "armed gangs" in
Baba Amr, which has become a symbol of the nearly year-old uprising
against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian rule.
In other violence today, activists say a suicide car bomb
exploded in Daraa, killing at least two people and wounding 20.
The U.N. estimates more than 7,500 people have been killed in
the revolt.

BEIJING (AP) -- China is offering a proposal to end the violence
in Syria, calling for an immediate end to all violence and talks by
all the parties but standing fast against any intervention by
outside forces.
The proposal, released by China's Foreign Ministry on Sunday, is
part of Beijing's effort to be an active diplomatic partner after
it drew heated criticism from the U.S. and others by vetoing a U.N.
Security Council resolution that it feared would open the door to
intervention.
The proposal displays those concerns. It calls for a cease-fire,
negotiations mediated by the U.N. and the Arab League, and
humanitarian relief. At the same time, the proposal opposes any
outside interference that would attempt to replace Syria's
authoritarian government.


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