Defense News - Syria
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 01:45 PM
|Syria's armed forces said they were ready to repulse any foreign aggression.|
Syrian troops assaulting a northwest town with machine gun fire and shelling have killed at least 100 people in one of the deadliest episodes of the 9-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime, activists said Wednesday, December 21, 2011.
Syrian armed forces use tanks, warplanes and helicopter to fight protesters in the street.
It was an organized massacre. The troops surrounded people then killed them," said Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
He said troops on the outskirts of the town surrounded and fired on crowds of civilians and activists trying to flee out of fear they would be detained. The group, which uses a network of local activists to collect information on the crackdown, said 111 were killed in Kfar Owaid Tuesday.
On Monday, security forces killed up to 70 army defectors as they were deserting their military posts in Idlib near the Turkish border, activists said.
Syria's armed forces said they were ready to repulse any foreign aggression.