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Imad Ghalioun, who represents the central city of Homs, told Al-Arabiya TV that the city, which has been one of the most restive in the uprising against Assad’s rule since March, is a disaster after months of being a focus of the regime’s fierce crackdown.

"The Syrian people are living their worst period," Ghalioun said late Sunday from Egypt.

"The people of Homs are under siege and the city is disaster-stricken," he said. "There is no electricity, piles of garbage fill the streets … The sounds of shelling all night terrify children."

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