Gunmen have assassinated Mohammed Darrar Jammo, a prominent Syrian pro-government figure at his home in southern Lebanon shooting him nearly 30 times in the latest sign of Syria's civil war spilling over into its smaller neighbor.
The Red Cross appealed for a halt in the fierce fighting between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels in the Syrian city of Homs, to bring in life-saving supplies to trapped residents. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said thousands of Syrian lives were at risk in the old city of Homs, where Assad's forces have been pushing a heavy offensive with air and artillery strikes to try to retake rebel areas. The Red Cross said combatants in the more than two-year conflict were hampering the delivery of aid to beleaguered locals and had failed to secure safe passage for trapped residents trying to flee the area.
Heavy clashes between President Bashar Assad's forces and rebels broke out on the edge of the Syrian capital, where the government has been pushing its offensive to retake key districts that have been in opposition hands for months.