Smoke rising following shelling by government forces, city of Homs, June 16, 2012.
Image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows smoke rising following shelling by government forces on the Khalidiyah neighborhood of the restive city of Homs, June 16, 2012. Photo by AFP
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Syrian troops have intensified their shelling of rebel-held neighborhoods in the central city of Homs, Activists say, as living conditions there deteriorate further.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say the shelling killed at least one person on Sunday.

Activists say the city's besieged rebel-held areas have been under intense shelling and ground attacks for a week. The Observatory urged the UN to intervene and evacuate more than 1,000 Homs families, including women and children. It says their lives are in danger.

The latest shelling comes a day after UN observers suspended their patrols in Syria due to a recent spike in violence.

Activist say more than 14,000 people have been killed since the crisis in Syria began in March last year.