Syria tanks fire, 23 die in fighting as monitors awaited

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  • More killings reported in restive cities of Homs, Hama

  • Arab League monitors to visit unrest hotbed Homs Tuesday

  • No sign of Assad starting to implement peace plan (Raises death toll, adds Arab, French comments)

By Erika Solomon

BEIRUT, Dec 26 (Reuters) - At least 23 people were killed as Syrian tank forces battled opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in Homs on Monday, residents said, ahead of a planned visit by Arab League monitors to verify whether he is ending a violent crackdown on unrest.

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