At least 80 dead in Syrian fighting

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 3:04 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — It's been another deadly day of fighting in Syria, where activist groups say the military has unleashed a barrage of rocket and artillery fire on areas held by rebels in a central province.

It's part of a widening offensive against the fighters trying to force President Bashar Assad from power.

The activists say at least 80 people were killed today in fighting nationwide.

They say the army recently brought in military reinforcements to the province of Homs, and set out to recapture areas that have been held by rebels for months.

Meanwhile, the United Nations says a record number of Syrians have streamed into Jordan this month. The population of Jordan's refugee camp for Syrians has doubled to 65,000. In just the past two days, the U.N. says, 6,000 refugees have arrived.

Many are from the southern Syrian town of Daraa, where the uprising against Assad first erupted nearly two years ago.

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