Breaking: Syria tanks pull back in Homs before monitors arrive

AFP , Tuesday 27 Dec 2011

The Syrian army pulls back heavy armour from the flashpoint city of Homs - where 34 people were killed by security forces in the last day alone - early Tuesday ahead of the arrival of Arab League observers

Eleven tanks pulled out of the Baba Amro neighbourhood of the city of Homs around am (0500 GMT), Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

Homs has been one of the focal points of nine months of protests against the government of President Bahsar al-Assad and 34 people were killed in the city over the past 24 hours, the Observatory said. 

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