18 Jul '11, 8pm

Syria presses crackdown, Assad told to reform or quit: DAMASCUS - Syrian security forces killed one civilian and...

DAMASCUS - Syrian security forces killed one civilian and wounded four in the flashpoint central city of Homs on Monday as EU foreign ministers told President Bashar al-Assad to reform or step down. After a bloody weekend during which dozens of civilians clamouring for change were shot dead by security forces, most of them in Homs, the European Union threatened to slap more sanctions on Damascus. Several coaches packed with security service agents entered the Khalidiyeh neighbourhood of Homs on Monday and afterwards gunfire was heard, said the head of the Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights, Abdel Karim Rihawi. The wounded were taken to the Al-Bir Hospital, he added. Activists warned that the fighting in Homs, where more than 30 people were killed in fierce clashes between Christians, Sunni Muslims and Alawites from Assad's minority community, could spark a new a...

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