January 16th, 2012
05:59 AM ET

Deaths, detentions mount in Syria, activists say

The latest bloodshed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs came outside a bakery on Monday, when secret security forces fired indiscriminately on people in line, an opposition activist group said.

Four people were killed and nine others were injured in shooting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

In addition, security forces raided a university housing facility in Aleppo and arrested nine students Monday, the group said.

Meanwhile, Syrian state-run media said an "armed terrorist group" fatally shot Brig. Gen. Mohammed Abdul-Hamid al-Awwad in the Gotta area while he was headed to work.

The chaos came after Qatar's ruler became the first Arab leader to suggest Arab troops should intervene militarily in Syria.

In an interview that aired on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said, "I think for such a situation - to stop the killing, some troops should go. To stop the killing."

The desperation to end a brutal government crackdown was evident Sunday, when crowds in a town surrounded by government troops cheered Arab League monitors who visited while others ran out of the town to escape the fighting inside.

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  1. jake

    here we go again.

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