US calls reported Syrian actions in Deraa barbaric

May 3, 2011 22:08

WASHINGTON - The US State Department said on Tuesday it was disturbed by reports of a Syrian military operation in Deraa including the use of tanks and the arbitrary arrest of young men, calling these "barbaric measures."

"These are, quite frankly, barbaric measures and they amount to the collective punishment of innocent civilians," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

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