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Syria: ground troops invade Homs, say activists

Syrian troops push into Homs after nearly a month of heavy artillery bombardment of civilian neighborhoods, according to activists.

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Syrian army tanks are seen stationed at the entrance to Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs on February 13, 2012. Syria ignored a new Arab initiative to end the bloodshed, with its troops pounding the protest hub of Homs as Russia said a ceasefire is needed before peacekeepers can be deployed. -/AFP PHOTO (-/AFP/Getty Images)

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian ground troops reportedly pushed into Homs today, in a long-suspected ground assault toward the rebel-controlled neighborhood of Baba Amr, opposition sources told Reuters.

The area has been under heavy artillery bombardment for 25 days; food, medicine, and other supplies are running low. Last night in the lead up to today's invasion, shelling was reportedly particularly intense.

The Associated Press quoted a Syrian official who confirmed the ground assault and said that the district of Baba Amr will be "cleaned" within hours. 

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Below is a video showing some of the destruction in various Homs neighborhoods.

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