Free Syria Army - Reuters - 12.4.2012
Members of the Free Syrian Army gathering as they meet in the outskirts of Taftanaz village, east of Idlib city April 12, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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Syrian troops on Sunday shelled the dissident province of Homs for the second consecutive day, reported opposition activists.

Mortar shells have been fired on the districts of al-Khalidiya and al-Bayada in Homs since early Sunday, said the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. At least six people were reported killed, and several houses were destroyed in the bombardment.

Fierce clashes were, meanwhile, reported between security forces and army defectors on the outskirts of Aleppo, in Syria's north, added the London-based observatory. The city's police station was bombed overnight, said the group, reporting no casualty figures.

The violence came one day after the United Nations Security Council voted to authorize the deployment of an advance team of 30 unarmed military personnel in Syria to monitor a fragile ceasefire, which went into effect on Thursday.

The truce, marred by violations, is part of an international plan to end a 13-month conflict in Syria, which the UN estimates to have killed more than 9,000 people.

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