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Syria enters in real civil war with combat between Syrian army soldiers and defectors 1111112.

| 2011

Defense News - Syria

Friday, November 11, 2011, 10:46 AM
Syria enters in real civil war with combat between Syrian army soldiers and defectors.
Dozens of people have been killed in Syria, including civilians and army defectors, as security forces continue their crackdown on ongoing anti-government protests, activists say. Navi Pillay, the UN human rights chief, told the Security Council on Wednesday that an increasing number of Syrian soldiers are defecting, raising the risk of a Libya-style civil war.
Gun battles reported in Damascus and Homs in Syria (Video Al Jazeera)


They said security forces opened fire on activists and ordinary civilians on Thursday as they conducted raids in search of dissidents in areas including the capital Damascus, Deir al-Zour, Idlib, Hama and Homs, which has emerged as the epicentre of the uprising.

The Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist coalition, also reported civilians killed in these areas.

There were reports of deadly clashes between army defectors and soldiers near the eastern city of Deir al-Zour and near Maarat al-Numan, a town on the highway linking Damascus and the major city of Aleppo.

This comes as new video emerged on the internet of Syrian soldiers coming under fire from some apparently heavily armed opposition fighters.

The footage, reportedly shot on Sunday, seems to add to claims that suggest opposition groups are arming themselves in the fight against government forces.

Syria has barred most foreign media, making it difficult to verify death tolls as well as accounts from activists and officials.

It is difficult to gauge how many people have defected from the army and what kind of threat they pose to the government. Although the crackdown has led to broad international isolation of Assad, he appears to have a firm grip on power, retaining the loyalty of most of the armed forces.

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