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Blasts and bullets after Syria accepts peace plan

Syrian government forces keep up heavy weapons fire and siege tactics against opposition strongholds despite President Bashar al-Assad's acceptance of a peace plan calling for the army to withdraw to its barracks.

(REUTERS) Beirut - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported military action against towns and villages from the southern province of Deraa to the Hama region 320 kms (200 miles) to the north.

Shelling was also reported in parts of Homs, Syria's third largest city, where Assad on Tuesday toured the devastated streets of a rebel bastion overrun by his troops earlier this month after weeks of bombardment.

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