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Fighting in Syria impedes delivery of food, medical aid

BEIRUT — Syrian forces bombarded the city of Homs for a sixth day in a row Friday, while government soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters clashed with rebels on the outskirts of the city’s besieged Khalidiya neighborhood amid warnings from international health officials that fighting was increasingly preventing humanitarian aid from reaching those most in need.

Government forces have trained their sights on Homs and the northern city of Aleppo in recent weeks since they recaptured the strategic border town of Qusair last month. Anti-government activists have said the government was aided in the battles by fighters from Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’ite militant group.

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