Syria forces storm main town, fight defectors

By REUTERS
September 27, 2011 07:34




AMMAN - Syrian forces backed by tanks and helicopters stormed a strategic town on Tuesday after fighting with army defectors, in a major operation to subdue pro-democracy protests in the center of the country, residents said.

Tens of tanks and armored vehicles entered Rastan, a town of 40,000 on the highway to Turkey near the city of Homs, after pounding it overnight with heavy machine guns from tanks and attack helicopters following a two-day siege, they said.


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