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Syria: Pro-Assad Forces In Homs Kill 106, Including Women And Children

SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (UK), AL ARABIYA (UAE)

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Reports emerged Thursday that pro-Assad forces killed more than 100 people earlier this week, including women and children, on farmland on the outskirts of Syria’s central city of Homs.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad stormed Homs’ impoverished district of Basatin al-Hasawiya on Tuesday, burning, stabbing or shooting at least 106 people. The Observatory asked for an international investigation to be launched.

Homs has been at center of the country’s ongoing civil war; since May 2011, the city has been under siege by the Syrian Army.

Meanwhile, rebels from the Free Syrian Army are reportedly trying to break a months-long deadlock in their battle for Syria’s second city Aleppo, cutting supply routes ahead of simultaneous assaults on regime bases, Al Arabiya reports.

More than 60,000 people have been killed since the uprising broke out. Also on Tuesday, at least 50 people died in a campus blast in Aleppo, Syria's economic capital.

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File:Parsin Gas and CNG Station in Karaj-Qazvin Freeway, Iran ...

Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.

The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.


Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.

Khamenei, where's our gas?

Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"


Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.

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