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February 8, 2012

Syria fighting continues

A European Union official said today harsher sanctions may be imposed on Syria as the 11-month-old uprising against the country’s regime led by President Bashar al-Assad continues even as Russia now tries to promote talks between the two sides. The United Nations has reported that more than 5,000 people have been killed since the conflict began. Hundreds have been reported killed since this past weekend in the city of Homs alone. Collected here are images from the last few days from inside the country. -- Lloyd Young (Editor’s note: Due to the exclusion of news organizations, which limits images coming from Syria, many of the images available to the public are handout images provided to the wire service agencies.) (24 photos total)

A Syrian rebel fighter aims during an exchange of fire with army troops, unseen. in Idlib, Syria on Feb. 8. The European Union will impose harsher sanctions on Syria, a senior EU official said Wednesday, as Russia tried to broker talks between the vice president and the opposition to calm violence. Activists reported at least 50 killed in the regime's siege of the restive city of Homs. (Associated Press)

A Syrian rebel retreats for medical treatment folowing an exchange of fire with army troops, unseen, in Idlib, Syria on Feb. 8. The European Union will impose harsher sanctions on Syria, a senior EU official said Wednesday, as Russia tried to broker talks between the vice president and the opposition to calm violence. (Associated Press) #

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Yabroud, near Damascus on Feb. 7. Syrian forces thrust into the rebellious city of Homs on Wednesday, killing as many as 100 civilians by the account of opposition activists, and Turkey appeared to be preparing a new diplomatic push against Assad. (Reuters/handout) #

Anti-government protesters carry coffins during a funeral of protesters killed in earlier clashes in town of Daria, near Damascus on Feb. 4. (Reuters/handout) #

A man is seen next to rubble on a street with damaged houses in Baba Amro near Homs on Feb, 8. (Reuters/handout) #

Residents rest in a shelter in the Sunni Muslim district of Bab Amro in Homs in this handout picture received on Feb. 8. Syrian forces thrust into the rebellious city of Homs on Wednesday, killing as many as 100 civilians by the account of opposition activists, and Turkey appeared to be preparing a new diplomatic push against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters/handout) #

A girl, wounded on Feb. 5 sits next to her mother in Baba Amro, a neighbourhood of Homs on Feb. 6. Syrian forces bombarded Homs on Monday, killing 50 people in a sustained assault on several districts of the city which has become a center of armed opposition to President Bashar Assad, the Syrian National Council opposition group said. (Reuters/handout) #

In this citizen journalism image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria and released on Feb. 2 a Syrian rebel stands next to a destroyed government forces tank as they replace on it Syrian revolution flags, in Homs, central Syria. Syrian forces have detained and tortured children as young as 13 as the government tries to crush an uprising that began nearly 11 months ago, Human Rights Watch said Friday as fresh clashes erupted between regime troops and rebels in the country's south. (Associated Press/Local Coordination Committees in Syria) #

Damaged houses are seen in the Sunni Muslim district of Bab Amro in Homs in this handout picture received Feb. 8. Syrian forces thrust into the rebellious city of Homs on Wednesday, killing as many as 100 civilians by the account of opposition activists. (Reuters/handout) #

Damaged houses are seen in the Sunni Muslim district of Bab Amro in Homs in this handout picture received Feb. 8. (Reuters/handout) #

In this undated citizen journalism image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria and obtained on Feb. 8, a man weeps as he sits next to a man who was purportedly killed in shelling by Syrian government forces, Homs, Syria. (Associated Press//Local Coordination Committees in Syria) #

Residents rest in a shelter in Baba Amro near Homs on Feb. 8. Syrian forces thrusting into the rebellious city of Homs on Wednesday killed at least 67 civilians, including three families slain in their homes by militiaman loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, activists said. (Reuters/handout) #

Residents attend a burial ceremony for what activists say are victims of shelling by the Syrian army, in the Khalidiya neighbourhood in Homs on Feb. 4. Syrian forces killed more than 200 people in an assault on the city of Homs, activists said, the bloodiest day of an 11-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, ahead of a Saturday vote on a U.N. resolution calling for him to cede power. (Reuters/handout) #

Members of the Free Syrian Army train outside Idlib, Syria, on Feb. 7. (Associated Press) #

Supporters of the Free Syrian Army chant slogans during a protest in Reef Damascus, north of Damascus, early on Feb. 4, against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces attacking the town of Homs. More than 200 people were killed in shelling by Syrian forces in the city of Homs, activists said on Saturday, as the U.N. Security Council prepared to vote on a draft resolution backing an Arab call for Assad to give up power. (Reuters) #

A Syrian man inspects an armored military vehicle damaged during clashes between President Bashar al-Assad forces and Free Syrian Army in Cairo square near Khaldiyeh area in Homs on Feb. 4. (Reuters) #

Residents protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after a burial ceremony for what activists say are victims of shelling by the Syrian army, in the Khalidiya neighbourhood in Homs on Feb. 4. Syrian forces killed more than 200 people in an assault on the city of Homs, activists said, the bloodiest day of an 11-month uprising against Assad. (Reuters/handout) #

Pro-Syrian regime supporters wave Syrian and Russian flags as they cheer a convoy believed to be transporting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Damascus, Syria on Feb. 7. Thousands of Syrians waving Russian flags cheered Russia's foreign minister as he arrived in Damascus Tuesday for talks with embattled President Bashar Assad on the country's escalating violence. (Muzaffar Salman/Associated Press) #

Supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attend a pro-regime rally in central Damascus on Feb. 5 while outrage grew after Russia and China blocked a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria for its crackdown on protests. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images) #

Syrian rebels walk in an alley in Idlib, Syria on Feb. 8. Activists say Syrian troops have continued shelling residential neighborhoods in the central city of Homs for the fifth straight day, killing scores of people. (Associated Press) #

A Syrian rebel controls traffic in Idlib, Syria on Feb. 8. (Associated Press) #

Syrian soldiers who defected to join the Free Syrian Army and set up the "Arabad bin Sarieh battalion" are seen among demonstrators during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Hula, near the city of Homs. (Reuters/handout) #

A handout picture released by Local coordination Committees in Syria shows Syrian protesters burning tires and waving independence flags during an anti-regime demonstration in the Damascus suburb city of Daraya on Feb. 4 where 12 civilians were killed and 30 injured when security forces opened fire on mourners at funerals of people killed the previous day in the same town. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a demonstration in Idlib, Syria on Feb. 6. The US closed its Syrian embassy Monday and Britain recalled its ambassador to Damascus in a dramatic escalation of Western pressure on President Bashar Assad to give up power, just days after diplomatic efforts at the United Nations to end the crisis collapsed. (Associated Press) #



 
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