Syrian forces shell dissident province of Homs, say activists
Syrian government forces heavily shelled areas in the restive central province of Homs on Wednesday, following overnight protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to activists based in Lebanon dpa reported
"At least two people were killed in the districts of Baba Amr and Deir Balaba due to the shelling," Syrian activists told dpa on condition of anonymity.
Syrian troops were Wednesday being deployed on the outskirts of the province of Idlib near the Turkish border in preparation for a military operation, they added.
Meanwhile, US-based ABC television was scheduled later Wednesday to air an interview with al-Assad on the months of unrest in his country.
According to ABC, the interview also deals with a recent UN Human Rights Council report, which condemned alleged "human rights violations" in Syria and the impact of economic sanctions on the country.
Syria has come under pressure from the United States, the European Union and the Arab League to stop a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.