According to rebel forces, Syrian government  forces launched an offensive on the city of Hama early Wednesday, targetting residential neighborhoods from armored vehicles and mobile anti-aircraft guns.

The Syrian military also shelled Sunni Muslim neighborhoods in Homs, marking the 13th day of bombardment of what has been the core of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

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According to witnesses, an explosion blew up a major oil pipeline near a refinery in Homs, and a large plume of smoke rose to the sky. It is highly likely that the blast was caused by government troops’ shelling.

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