Syrian forces head for second northern protest town

June 14, 2011 19:17

AMMAN - Syrian troops using tanks and helicopters pushed towards a northern town on Tuesday after arresting hundreds of people in villages near Jisr al-Shughour, residents said, as more refugees fled to Turkey.

More than 8,500 Syrians have sought shelter across the border to escape Syrian President Bashar Assad's latest military drive to crush protests demanding political change in a country ruled by the Assad dynasty for the last 41 years.Thousands more people are living rough just inside Syria.

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