Shelling resumes in central Syria
Syrian troops have resumed their shelling of residential neighbourhoods dominated by rebels in the central city of Homs, activists say.
The reported shelling is threatening a UN-brokered ceasefire and comes hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to dispatch a first team of monitors to Syria to shore up the shaky truce.
The Local Co-ordination Committees activist network said shells falling at the rate of six each minute shook the neighbourhood of Khaldiyeh.
Homs-based activists said other districts including Bayada, Jouret el-Shayah, Qarabees and Qusour were also being shelled.
The regime restricts access of foreign observers, including journalists, making it difficult to verify reports of violence independently.
Saturday's resolution gave the 15-nation Security Council its first united front since the uprising against Syrian president Bashar Assad began 13 months ago.
It called for immediate deployment of up to 30 monitors, to be followed by a larger contingent of up to 250 once the situation has stabilised.
Emphasising that both sides must halt the violence that has killed more than 9,000, the council called on Syria to pull soldiers and heavy weapons out of towns and cities - a truce provision Assad's regime has ignored.
It also demanded urgent compliance with international envoy Kofi Annan's six-point plan intended to lead to talks between the regime and the opposition on Syria's political future.
The plan is widely seen as the only remaining chance for diplomacy, mainly because it has the backing of Syria allies Russia and China which shielded Assad from Security Council condemnation in the past.