|Funeral in Homs (Reuters)|
The Observatory, which has its base in Britain, also said that suspected deserters killed eight soldiers in simultaneous attacks on three army posts in the northern province of Idlib. In the city of Homs, seven civilians were shot dead and another eight people were later killed in clashes between troops and suspected deserters, the group said. Homs has seen some of the worst violence in recent weeks, including a series of unexplained attacks on local officials and university staff. The grassroots Local Coordination Committees said in a statement Monday it had collected names of 180 people it said were killed in Homs in September and another 73 killed in the first nine days of October.