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Syrian troops shell rebel-held areas

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian forces today have again been shelling the central city of Homs, which has come to symbolize the anti-government uprising.

A human rights group says nine civilians were killed today in Homs, out of a total of 19 killed across the country. It says two of the dead appeared to have been tortured.

Another group gave much higher casualty figures.

Although Syrian troops took control of the neighborhood of Baba Amr weeks ago, it's still facing resistance from elsewhere in the city.

Meanwhile, Syria's Muslim Brotherhood branch says if President Bashar Assad falls, it will work for a democratic state. It's an appeal by the Sunni Muslim group to minorities who are worried about their place in a post-Assad Syria.

Membership in the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria is currently punishable by death, but the group has remained active outside Syria's borders.

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