Middle East

Syrian government army reinforcements reportedly headed to Homs

Forces loyal to Syrian government bombard rebel stronghold

 

A Syria-based activist says three columns of army reinforcements including tanks are heading toward the restive central city of Homs.

Mustafa Osso says the regime appears to be preparing to storm rebel-held neighborhoods in the city before a referendum is held Feb. 26 on a new constitution.

Osso told The Associated Press Monday he does not think the regime will be able to retake Homs through military force as residents plan to fight until "the last person."

His comments came as the government kept up shelling of the rebel-held Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs. It has been under assault for more than two weeks.