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There have been heavy casualties in a Syrian army attack against the city of Homs. More than 50 people have been documented as killed. Some reports said as many as 200 may have died. Activists and rebel fighters said the authorities had pounded parts of the city with mortars and tank fire. The Syrian government has dismissed the reports as fabricated. Paul Wood has just got into the city of Homs and sent this report.
I'm speaking to you from a rooftop in a suburb of Homs. And just within past couple of minutes, we've seen clashes on the horizon, and a cloud of smoke now hanging over another part of Homs, which seems to suggest that shelling of some description has resumed. As we came into the city earlier this afternoon, we heard of a lot of heavy machine gun fire, and there were a lot of unexplained explosions. Parts of Homs - those parts which oppose the regime - are now virtually cut off, and we have to come in using a very elaborate route escorted by activists who are bringing in medical supplies and bringing in fresh blood donated a few hours earlier in the villages around Homs.
document [ˈdɔkjumənt] vt.用文件等证明，记载
mortar [ˈmɔ:tə] n.小臼，乳钵，迫击炮
elaborate [iˈlæbərət, -reit] a.详尽的；复杂的 vi./ vt.详述；详细制订
eg: They elaborated a plan of study.
escort [ˈeskɔ:t] n.护卫者，护送者 vt.护送，护卫