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Activists say Syrian government shelling of central city of Homs kills more than 20

Syrian activists say government shelling has killed more than 20 people in the central city of Homs.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday that the number is expected rise because dozens of people were critically wounded in the shelling of the rebel-held Waer area of Homs.

The Observatory said the shelling occurred Saturday. The activist collective, the Local Coordination Committees, also published similar information.

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have been widening an air assault on rebel-held areas in recent weeks, targeting opposition-held residential areas and killing civilians.

Syrian rebels have also targeted Assad-loyal areas with indiscriminate mortar fire.

On Sunday, Syria's state media said rebel-fired mortar shells killed two people in the Assad-loyal Zahra area of the city.