Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Syria forces kill eight in Kanaker raid: rights groups

Syrian security forces have killed at least eight people in a raid on the town of Kanaker near the capital, Damascus, rights groups say.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said locals tried to block roads with burning tyres and threw stones to stop troops and tanks advancing.

Several others were reportedly wounded while dozens were arrested, it said.

President Bashar al-Assad has been using the army to suppress a popular revolt which first broke out in March.

Human rights groups say that about 1,400 civilians and 350 security forces personnel have died in the four months of protest.

The government of Mr Assad - who has rejected calls to step down - blames the unrest on terrorists and foreign extremists. (more)