Syria expands protest crackdown

Posted: June 15, 2011 in Global Unrest, World War 3


Syria expanded its crackdown on protesters by deploying more troops and tanks to towns near the Turkish border. The government defended the assault on Jisr al-Shughour – the city where 120 soldiers were killed – as part of its crushing the rebel movement.


Reports said that besides running after the alleged rebels who target security forces, the soldiers also burned homes and crops, causing several more residents to flee the area.

Tanks also attacked the town of Maarat al-Numan, where protesters hit government buildings and security headquarters last week, while government troops sealed parts of the coastal city of Latakla and were deployed to Deir al-Zour and in suburbs of Damascus.

The White House asked the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop the crackdown and instead pursue talks with the protesters. Washington also pushed for a transition to be led by Assad, after which the president should step down from power.

Syrians who fled to neighboring Turkey accused UN of abandoning them, while protecting civilians in Libya. Although several thousands of Syrians had escaped to Turkey, many residents vowed not to leave the country and plan to return to their homes. They also said that they will continue to hold protests until Assad’s regime falls.

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