Syrian tanks storm town near Lebanon border

January 13, 2012 19:56

AMMAN - Syrian troops backed by tanks stormed a town near the border with Lebanon on Friday, an opposition leader in contact with residents said, in the first major military offensive since Arab monitors went into the country last month.

"Communications have been cut but we managed to get through to several people. Tanks are bombarding the town and have entered the outskirts, but they are being met with resistance. The Free Syrian Army (army defectors) has strong presence in the area," Kamal al-Labwani, a senior opposition figure from Zabadani who fled to Jordan two weeks ago, told Reuters.

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