'Fighting in Syria kills 40 near Jordan border'

By REUTERS
November 14, 2011 21:49

 
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AMMAN - At least 40 Syrians were killed in fighting on Monday between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and insurgents in a town near the border with Jordan, local activists said, in the first case of major armed resistance to Assad in the region.

They said troops backed by armour killed 20 people - army defectors, insurgents and civilians - in an assault on Khirbet Ghazaleh in the Hauran Plain, and in fighting that ensued near the town. A similar number of troops were killed, they added.

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