Syrian troops backed by tanks and firing heavy machine guns swept into a village near the Turkish border on Saturday as the Army intensified operations in the northwest where their have been heavy clashes between loyalist troops and defectors. The Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents anti-government protests, said troops backed by six tanks and several armoured personnel carriers, entered Bdama in the morning. The village is about 20 km from the Turkish border. On Friday, Syrian forces swept into Maaret al-Numan, a town on the highway linking Damascus, the capital, with Syria’s largest city, Aleppo. Saturday’s assault on Bdama was about 40 km to the west. Also Saturday, the committees raised the death toll in Friday’s anti-government protests to 19. The three-month uprising has proved stunningly resilient despite a relentless crackdown by the military, pervasive security forces and pro-regime gunmen. Human rights activists say more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed and 10,000 detained as President Bashar Assad tries to maintain his grip on power. Bdama is adjacent to Jisr al-Shughour, a town that was spinning out of government control before the military recaptured it last Sunday. Activists had reported fighting in Jisr al-Shughour between loyalist troops and… Read full this story
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