Thousands protest in ‘flashpoint city’ as Syria hides tanks from Arab League observers
Tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets of Homs on Tuesday as Arab observers visited the central protest hub after dozens of people were killed in 24 hours of a crackdown on dissent.
Activists said the military pulled its tanks back from one district ahead of the Arab League team’s arrival, only to hide them inside government zones from where they could be redeployed within minutes.
SANA state news agency reported, meanwhile, that saboteurs blew up a gas pipeline in Homs province, where Syria’s regime has for months been trying to crush dissent and mutinous soldiers.
Syrian authorities fired tear gas on some 70,000 demonstrators who tried to march on a large square in Homs on Tuesday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Photo: Video grab/AFP/Getty Images)