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Heavy gunfire in central Syria; several killed
Heavy gunfire in central Syria amid reports of several deaths
By The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) ' Activists and residents say several people have been killed or wounded in fresh attacks by Syrian troops in the flashpoint city of Homs.

They report heavy gunfire throughout the night and Wednesday morning as military reinforcements arrived in pursuit of activists and anti-government protesters.

Mobile telephones, land lines and Internet connections in some areas of Homs were cut off. Many people were staying home because of blocked roads. Others were too scared to leave.

It was not immediately clear how many were killed in the ongoing violence in Homs.

The London-based Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists on the ground, said seven people died in the shooting Wednesday.

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