Syria rebels beg for military help


Syria’s armed forces battered rebel-held parts of the city of Homs on Saturday with air raids, shelling and a ground offensive that prompted the opposition to issue a desperate plea for foreign military intervention.

“Warplanes carried out two consecutive raids against areas under siege in Homs, as well as carrying out heavy shelling against the same districts,” said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The observatory described as “unprecedented” the all-out shelling concentrated on the neighborhoods of Khaldiyeh, Bab Hud, Hamidiyeh and Bustan al-Diwan.

Observatory Director Rami Abdel Rahman said troops also were trying to storm Khaldiyeh and fighting was under way around the Old City, two districts that have been under siege for around a year.