Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Reports about fighting in N-Syria seems to be related to army defections

Reuters reports on conflicting version of fights in the Syrina town if Jisr al-Shughour:
More then 120 Syrian security officers were killed in battles with gunmen, state television said, in the first report of large-scale clashes in a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. However, Wissam Tarif, director of human rights organization Insan, disputed the official report, saying the clashes were between loyalist troops and army members who had defected.
The tv report said on Monday armed groups set government buildings ablaze in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour, stole five tonnes of dynamite and were firing at civilians and security forces with machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades.
Funeral of one of the victims of Saturday's 'security operation'

But Wissam Tarif said that an army unit or division arrived to the area in the morning. It seems then another unit (in the afternoon) arrived to contain the defection. Tarif told Reuters that several people in Jisr al-Shoghour had confirmed that version of events.
Opposition activists said earlier that forces had launched a security operation in the town on Saturday and at least 37 residents and 10 police had been killed. It was impossible to verify the conflicting accounts as authorities have prevented most international media from operating in Syria.

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