Monday, May 9, 2011

The Syrian army with tanks burst into a town near Deraa

Syrian forces entered the southern city of Tafas near the town of Dera Hauran the plain, according to the testimony of some residents. At least eight tanks stormed the city, about 30,000 people, around 6.00 am (5.00 Spanish time) on Sunday. Residents said they heard gunshots and that the armed and security forces broke into houses to arrest the youth.

Thousands of citizens of the area had gathered to chant in Tafas cries against the regime of Bashar Assad, to the tight control of the Syrian Army around the nearby Deraa. On the other hand, the Syrian army also came during the early hours of Sunday in protest zones in the industrial city of Homs in central Syria, and continues its operations in Banias, on the Mediterranean coast, according to human rights activists.

The military, which had taken up positions on Friday with tanks in the center of Homs (siru 160 km north of Damascus), entered the night in several districts in the hands of opponents, after cutting off communications and electricity , the sources said. Thousands have been detained in Syria since mid-March when protests erupted against the Assad regime, and hundreds more have died from police intervention or pro-government groups, according to human rights activists.

At least twenty Jordanians have been arrested by the Syrian authorities since the outbreak of political protests in the country, in mid-March. The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Kayed, said the Jordanian Embassy in Damascus last week sent a letter to the Syrian Foreign Ministry demanded the whereabouts of twenty Jordanians believed to be detained, but has not received a response .

They have also continued fighting in three other cities, according to official sources, 16 people were killed, including a 12-year-old was shot in the city of Homs.

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