During the 11-month uprising in Syria, the city of Homs has been a focal point for both protesters and government forces. Earlier this month, a UN Security Council resolution that called for President Bashar al-Assad to step aside was rejected by Russia and China.
Anti-government protests in Syria are nearing the two-month mark. After initially hinting at compromises, President Bashar al-Assad now appears to favor using force to crush the demonstrations. Last weekend saw an escalation of government forces in cities across Syria.