Syria tanks enter southern town, Homs neighborhoods

By REUTERS
May 8, 2011 15:48




AMMAN - Syrian forces entered the town of Tafas near Deraa in the southwestern Hauran Plain on Sunday, residents said, in a campaign aimed at crushing an uprising across the country against autocratic Baathist rule.

Tanks and troops also stormed two main neighborhoods in Homs overnight, human rights campaigners said, in the first incursion into residential areas in Syria's third city.

Machinegun fire and shelling was heard across the city of one million people, they told Reuters.

Protests, which began in Deraa on March 18, erupted on Friday across Hauran, a strategic agricultural area bordering Jordan to the south and the Golan Heights to the west.


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