Syrian Army source: We entered Deraa to protect citizens

April 25, 2011 22:21

The Syrian Army entered the southern city of Deraa on Monday in response to calls from citizens to put an end to killings and vandalism by extremist terrorist groups, official Syrian news agency Sana quoted a military source as saying.

The army entered the city to restore tranquility, security and a normal life to citizens, the source added.

According to the report, the Syrian Army, in conjunction with state security services, has arrested several members of the groups and confiscated large amounts of weapons and ammunition.

The source was quoted as saying that confrontations in Deraa led to "the martyrdom of several martyrs and wounded from the army and security forces as well as the death and injury for some members of the extremist terrorist groups."

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