Syrian armed forces use tanks and artillery to fight anti-government protests 2609112

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Defense News - Syria

 
 

Monday, September 26, 2011, 09:29 AM

 

Syrian armed forces use tanks and artillery to fight anti-government protests.

Syrian army tanks pounded a town on a strategic highway overnight, injuring at least three people during a military crackdown on dissent in the central region of Homs, activists and residents said on Monday, Reuters reported.
     
Syrian tanks pounded a town on a strategic highway overnight, injuring at least three people during a military crackdown on dissent in the central region of Homs, activists and residents said on Monday, Reuters reported.
A Syrian armoured vehicle BRDM-2 is pictured outside the sandbagged police headquarters of the central city of Homs, 160 kms northeast of Damascus (August Archive image)
     

Homs has become a major flashpoint between troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and army defectors, backing pro-democracy protesters demanding the president's overthrow.

Three people of al-Rastan were injured when pro-Assad forces opened fire with heavy machine guns mounted on the tanks surrounding the town, on the main northern highway leading to Turkey, said citizens. The Syrian troops entered the city to suppress the anti-government protests. They used tanks and artillery to disperse mass demonstrations.

Protesters have reported a military push into towns and villages north of the city of Homs, 100 miles north of Damascus, where increasing numbers of defectors have been organizing and mounting guerrilla raids on loyalist posts.

Between the beginning of the revolt of the Syrian people, the military crackdown has killed at least 2,700 people, including 100 children, according to the United Nations. Syrian authorities say 700 police and army have been killed during the unrest which they blame on "terrorists" and "mutineers".

Assad has said foreign powers are using the unrest to divide Syria, and added any state would use similar techniques to end a revolt.

 

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