Syria Protest Homs 311.
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Saboteurs "targeted" an oil pipeline near the central Syrian city of Homs on Friday, the official Syrian news agency said, without giving details of the nature of the attack.
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Homs is home to one of Syria's two oil refineries and has seen large protests demanding the toppling of president Bashar Assad whose forces have deployed tanks in the city.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out overnight between military intelligence agents and residents in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor after the killing of five protesters, witnesses said on Friday.
Syrian security forces shot dead five civilians in Deir al-Zor on
Thursday, residents said, in a new effort to try to crush widening Sunni
Muslim unrest against Assad.
"Mosques are calling for blood (donations) for 14 people badly wounded,"
one resident, a computer programmer who declined to be named, told
Reuters by phone.
"Three tanks and four armored personnel carriers have been deployed in
and around the main square. Thousands of people still went out in a
night demonstration," he added.
On Sunday Assad, from Syria's minority Alawite sect, replaced the
civilian governor of Deir al-Zor province with a secret police officer,
two days after the biggest pro-democracy demonstrations in the province
so far in the uprising.
Last week the army surrounded the town of Albu Kamal on the easternmost
edge of Deir al-Zor, which borders Iraq, after 30 soldiers defected
following the killing of four protesters, residents said.
Deir al-Zor produces most of Syria's oil output of 380,000 barrels per
day but is among the poorest of the country's 13 provinces.
In Madaya near the capital Damascus, residents told Reuters two
civilians were killed in a security sweep. Madaya has witnessed large
protests demanding the toppling of Assad, despite the stationing of armored vehicles in the area.