Syrian forces take border town, inhabitants flee

By REUTERS
June 13, 2011 04:04

AMMAN - Syrian troops backed by helicopters and tanks took control of the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour as President Bashar Assad continued his crackdown against dissidents challenging his 11-year rule.

Thousands of residents of the town of 50,000 people, located on a vital road junction, fled to Turkey, about 20 k.m.  away, before Sunday's assault, leaving much of the town deserted.


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