February 12th, 2012
05:46 AM ET

Activist: Syrian army uses human shields on tanks

Syrian government forces are using detained civilians as human shields, placing them on tanks in the besieged city of Homs to prevent the opposition Free Syrian Army from fighting back, an opposition activist said.

The latest tactic came as shelling rained on city's Baba Amr neighborhood once again Sunday, residents say, marking at least the eighth straight day President Bashar al-Assad's troops have pummeled Homs in an attempt to wipe out the opposition.

"My house is dancing. I am almost dead because of the siege," said the opposition activist, named Omar.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Alfred Hussein Neuman

    Funny, most western people are upset by this act, but muslims are only upset at 1) the existence of Israel and 2) the burning of the koran.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. xyz

    bomb them anyway

    March 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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