The Syrian army continues its operations against protesters all over Syria. At least 27 people were killed yesterday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement that tanks, troop carriers and buses transporting security forces sped into Saraqeb in northwestern Idlib province around this morning. Shooting was heard soon afterwards in the town, where protests demanding the fall of the regime have been staged every day after the evening prayers.
Dozens of soldiers streamed out of Ariha in the south of Idlib province, which borders Turkey. A Syrian military source said the troops were pulling out of Ariha after succeeding in their mission “to hunt down saboteurs and armed groups at the request of Idlib’s residents.”
Damascus blames “armed terrorist groups” for fomenting the popular uprising in Syria that has been ruthlessly suppressed by the regime. According to rights groups the crackdown has claimed more than 2,000 lives since mid-March. Countless more have been arrested, injured or have fled the country. Further south, in the central province of Homs, columns of tanks entered Qusayr early on 11 August. Residents fled into the fields, all communications have been cut with the town.
Syria’s state TV called Al Jazeera‘s report hat Syrian troops and tanks have re-entered the central city of Hama last night “baseless”. Troops only left the city yesterday after Turkey pressured the Syrian government to abstain from further violence.
On 10 August, UN Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco briefed the 15-member Security Council behind closed doors about events in Syria in the week since the council called for an “immediate” halt to the violence.
(Sources: APA, Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera; 11 August 2011)