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June 25, 2021

More killings reported in Syria after assault on Baba Amr

Government forces stormed the embattled neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs, CNN reports. Elsewhere in the country, five people were killed in fresh violence Sunday, according to the opposition groups.The violence in Homs has also claimed the lives of several journalists, including reporter Marie Colvin and photographer Remi Ochlik, who both died February 22. On Sunday, their bodies arrived in Paris from Damascus, the French foreign ministry said.Government forces executed more than 40 soldiers trying to defect from an army unit in Idlib province, according to activists from the town of Binnish and two opposition activist groups. The incident occurred at the Abu Athuhoor Military Airport when 50 soldiers attempted to defect, the Syrian Network for Human Rights saidAfter days of attempts – and even after getting permission from Syrian authorities at one point – the International Committee of the Red Cross has been denied entry Baba Amr. China is calling on the Syrian government and others involved to “immediately” stop violence, particularly against innocent civilians, and pursue a political solution to the Middle East nation’s grim and bloody yearlong crisis. The position is one part of a six-point framework “for realizing a political solution” issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry early Sunday.

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