Syria: Army Enters Town Near the Border to Turkey


Early this morning Syrian Army units have entered the town of Binnish, about  35 kilometers east of the Turkish border. An eyewitness reports that the government troops use tanks in their operation.

While Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu is in Damascus to discuss the escalating violence, the Syrian military seems to be completely oblivious of the mounting concern in the international community. Armoured army vehicles went in as far as the centre of the town of 34,000, information could not be independently verified though.

The army operation was the reaction to massive protests during the night in Binnish after Ramadan prayers.

Turkey’s growing concern about the bloodshed will be expressed by foreign minister Davutoglu in Damascus today, where he arrived for talks with the Syrian leadership. The Syrian government still blames the unrests to armed gangs.

(Sources: Reuters, The New York Times; 9 August 2o11)

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