Syrian troops encircle Rastan town, kill 2

AMMAN - Syrian forces killed two people and injured scores on Sunday in the town of Rastan in central Syria, which has seen large demonstrations against the rule of President Bashar Assad, a witness said.
Troops backed by tanks encircled Rastan on Sunday morning and began firing heavy machine guns in the streets of the town of 80,000 people, 25 k.m. north of the restive city of Homs, a resident of Rastan who witnessed the operation, told Reuters by telephone.