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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BBC Reporter Gets Into Homs, Syria

The city of Homs is ground zero of anti-government protests in Syria. According to the UN, nearly 3,000 people have died as a result of the uprising, and nearly half of those deaths were in Homs.

The BBC’s Sue Lloyd Roberts managed to get into Homs, Syria.

She speaks to a doctor who says Syrian soldiers come into the city’s overwhelmed hospitals searching for people injured or wounded during the unrest. The soldiers, he says, then kill the victims. She also goes to the border with Lebanon, where defectors from the Syrian Army are meeting. One former soldier says he and others are forming the Free Syria Army, but there are few members so far and they are not getting help from the outside.

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