Report: Syrians fight off gov't troops for 1st time

May 31, 2011 11:47

Syrian residents on Monday fought back for the first time against government troops in a two-month-old uprising against the rule of President Bashar Assad, AP reported Tursday.

According to the report, residents used automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades to fend off advancing troops, raising fears that the uprising may turn into a "Libya-style" armed conflict.

Until Monay's battle, Syrian opposition groups have taken to the streets unarmed, although authorities have claimed the fighting has been led by armed gangs.

Activists said that residents of Talbiseh and Rastan, in the central Syrian province of Homs, decided to go on the offensive against Assad's forces, in a clash that killed at least four civilians, AP reported.

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