Syrian tanks pound province near Turkey, activists say

April 8, 2012 11:28

IOCH - Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad shelled an area in the rebellious province of Idlib near the border with Turkey on Sunday leaving dozens dead or injured, opposition activists said.

Around 90 tanks and armored vehicles, backed by helicopters, bombarded the al-Rouge Plain southwest of Idlib city, the provincial capital, activists inside Syria and on the border with Turkey told Reuters.Fighters from the rebel Free Syrian Army were surrounded in al-Bashiriya, one of about 40 villages in the plain, activists added.

"The army is shelling al-Rouge with tanks, and helicopters are firing rockets at al-Bashiriya. Tens of people have fallen dead or injured but we cannot get to them because the bombardment is heavy," said activist Mahmoud Ali, with the sound of helicopters audible on the phone.

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