Syrian tanks storm town near Turkey border

Soldiers loyal to Bashar Assad burn houses, arrest 70; 19 protesters shot to death across country as bloody crackdown continues; Lebanese army responds with force to rallies in support of Syrian protesters.

Syrians protest Assad 311 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Syrians protest Assad 311
(photo credit: REUTERS)
AMMAN - Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar Assad stormed a town near the Turkish border on Saturday, burning houses and arresting 70 people, witnesses said, in wide-ranging military assault to crush a three month uprising.
"They came at 7 a.m. to Bdama. I counted nine tanks, 10 armoured carriers, 20 jeeps and 10 buses. I saw shabbiha (gunmen) setting fire to two houses," said Saria Hammouda, a lawyer from the small town of Bdama.
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