Monday, May 30, 2011

Security forces burst into the Syrian city

At least three civilians were killed Monday when Syrian security forces entered the town of Talbiseh in Homs province, to eliminate dissent against the government of the Baath Party, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The deaths brought to 14 the number of civilians killed in the area near the city of Homs, capital of the province, from which troops backed by tanks besieged several towns in the region on Sunday said the Centre's director, Rami Abdelrahman.

In Homs have produced some of the largest demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad since the protests began in the south of the country in March, extending the full Syria and pose the greatest threat to date to the Government of 11 years. The harsh repression of protests being made by the Army has provoked condemnation and sanctions from the United States and the European Union.

Humanitarian groups say a thousand civilians have been killed and 10 thousand arrested. Syria violence attributed to armed groups, Islamists and foreign agitators, and claims more than 120 police and soldiers have been killed in riots. Talbiseh, located 10 miles north of Homs, and many other nearby locations are the last remaining population centers to take in the operation of the Army.

"The attacks started at five in the morning, focusing on a hill in the center of town," said one witness, a resident Talbiseh he managed to leave the city. The witness added that the wounded, some in critical condition, were taken to a cultural center after the troops and security forces took control of the main clinic in the city, a tactic that the Army uses to enter urban centers.

It is difficult to independently confirm witness reports on violence in Syria, as official figures, because the government blocked access to the country for most of the international press shortly after the start of the protests in March.

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