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Eyewitness says children killed by snipers in Homs

30 January 2012 Last updated at 17:52 GMT

Two children have been shot dead by snipers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Homs in recent days, according to a French photographer, Mani, who has been visiting the Syrian city.

In an interview for the BBC's PM programme, he said that snipers were a "major problem" in Homs and that civilians were being killed on a daily basis.

He also claimed civilians were being targeted by nail bombs in an attempt to "spread terror" and that there was a growing desire for international intervention amongst the city's residents.

Homs is one of the areas that has been at the centre of the ongoing anti-government protests that begun in Syria ten months ago. The UN estimates that more than 5,000 people have been killed in violence related to the uprising.