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Government troops shell Syrian town

Government troops are continuing to pound a Syrian town after the death toll from the shelling rose to 41.

The Local Co-ordination Committees in Syria, which helps organise and document the country's protests, said the shelling of Rastan killed several members of the same family when a shell hit a house early on Thursday. Mosques and a major bakery were also damaged.

The group said at least 41 have been killed since Tuesday, including a four-year-old girl who died on Wednesday.

Syrian troops launched a major clampdown in Rastan and nearby towns in the central province of Homs on Saturday.

The crackdown on the uprising against president Bashar Assad's regime has killed more than 1,100 since mid-March.

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