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At least 2,000 Syrians flee to Lebanon to escape Homs military onslaught

Damascus, Mon, 05 Mar 2012 ANI

Damascus, Mar 5(ANI): Up to 2,000 people have escaped the military onslaught in Homs in Syria, by trying to reach the Lebanon border.

 

"Between one and two thousand [Syrians] are in the process of coming from Syria to Lebanon. This is what we are hearing from our teams on the ground and local authorities," UNHCR's deputy representative in Lebanon, Jean Paul Cavalieri said.

 

Opposition activists who were forced to flee the regime's assault have accused security forces of conducting summary executions of men and boys over the age of 14 over the past three days.

 

Their claims, however, cannot be substantiated, as the region has become a rebel stronghold with no connections to the outside, The Guardian reports.

 

The exodus from Homs has intensified since loyalist forces ousted the opposition Free Syria Army from the Baba Amr.

 

The International Committee for the Red Cross is yet to gain access to Baba Amr despite earlier assurances that it could deliver aid to residents trapped in the fighting.

 

The lack of access has provoked an international condemnation, with Turkey and Britain accusing Syria of committing grave crimes.

 

UK Prime Minister David Cameron called for Assad to "face a day of reckoning" in the wake of the relentless crackdown on dissent that started a year ago.

 

Meanwhile, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said the true picture of the refugee situation in Homs would only become clear in the upcoming days. (ANI)

 


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