'Syrian forces arrest scores in Banias, Homs'

Restive cities on Mediterranean coast latest focus of Assad's escalated crackdown against protesters; more than 7,000 believed detained.

Syria Banias Protest 311 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Syria Banias Protest 311
(photo credit: REUTERS)
AMMAN - Syrian security forces arrested scores of people on Monday in two restive cities where President Bashar Assad has sent troops to crush a seven-week-old revolt against his authoritarian rule, a human rights group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said people were detained in the central city of Homs and in Banias on the Mediterranean coast -- the latest focus of Assad's escalated crackdown against protesters, as well as other regions.
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