AMMAN - A tank column was seen heading out of the southern Syrian town of Deraa on Thursday, witnesses said, as the authorities announced the Syrian army had completed a mission against "terrorists" there.
Deraa has been the cradle of a six-week uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule, and was stormed by a large tank-backed force ten days ago. Rights groups say troops killed scores of civilians.
Two witnesses who were heading out of the city told Reuters that around thirty tanks on armored carriers had left the city heading north. They said Syrian army units backed with armor remained deployed at several entrances to the city.