Syria tank - AP - 9.2.2012
A Syrian tank is seen in Idlib, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. Photo by AP
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At least 26 people were killed by Syrian government forces in two restive areas on Saturday, opposition activists said.

"Twenty people were killed in the districts of Baba Amr and al- Khalidiyeh (in the province of Homs). The regime's forces have intensified shelling the area to prevent activists and army defectors from escaping," Omar Homsi, an activist, told dpa by satellite phone.

Six people were killed in a government crackdown in the suburbs of the capital Damascus, the opposition said.

On Friday, bombs in Aleppo killed at least 28 people.

The two Aleppo bombings on Friday were the worst attack to hit the country's commercial hub during the revolt against the 42-year dynastic rule by the family of President Bashar Assad.

At the United Nations on Friday, Saudi Arabia circulated a draft resolution backing an Arab peace plan for Syria among members of the UN General Assembly, after a similar text was vetoed in the Security Council last week by Russia and China, diplomats said.