Attacks kill 5 civilians in Syria's Homs - residents

At least five civilians were killed overnight as tanks attacked districts in the Syrian city of Homs...

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Picture: AFP

At least five

civilians were killed overnight as tanks attacked districts in the

Syrian city of Homs during a crackdown on protests against President

Bashar al-Assad, residents said on Friday.

Homs, a city of 165 km (100

miles) north of Damascus, is the latest focus of a military campaign to

crush four months or demonstrations against Assad's autocratic rule.

The

killings brought to 38 the number of civilians killed in intensified

assaults on main residential districts of the city this week, residents

and activists said.