Syrian Observatory: Troops, Snipers Kill 3 Civilians
[An Nahar] Syrian forces Tuesday swept through a village in Idlib province, firing shells and bursts of gunfire in which two non-combatants were killed, while another man was rubbed out by snipers in Homs, a watchdog said.

The overnight military raid in al-Tamanaa village killed a man and a 50-year-old woman, the head of the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The northwestern Idlib province, which borders Turkey, is a stronghold of the Free Syrian Army and a hotbed of opposition to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Despoiler of Deraa...

Another civilian died by sniper fire in the central city of Homs, Abdel Rahman said, adding that he was bumped off at a security checkpoint in the neighborhood of Qusayr.

Raids by security forces and festivities between regular troops and defectors saw 17 civilians, three rebels and five soldiers killed on Monday, when Syria held parliamentary elections that the opposition boycotted and Washington dismissed as "ludicrous."

Political analysts do not expect the election to lead to significant change in Syria, where a tenuous U.N.-backed ceasefire that came into effect on April 12 has failed to take hold.

More than 600 people have died since the truce began, according to the Observatory.
Posted by: Fred 2012-05-09