Monday, August 29, 2011

Syrian forces 'kill six' in crackdown: Activists say many others wounded in fresh offensive amid reports of 'widespread defections' by Syrian forces

Syrian security forces have killed at least six people and wounded dozens in raids across the country, as tanks and armoured vehicles rolled into various flashpoint areas, according to human rights groups.

A child was among five people killed when troops and security forces opened fire during search operations in the Sarmin district of the northwest province of Idlib, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR] said on Monday.

A sixth person was killed when security forces raided his home at dawn in the town of Qara outside Damascus during an arrest operation, the Syria-based Local Coordination Committees reported.

"There are many wounded because of the indiscriminate shooting in the streets," Rami Abdulrahman, the head of SOHR, said.

He said some 40 people, whose names were on a "wanted list", were detained.

Syrian forces have killed a former officer who played a key role in coordinating defections from the military, according to opposition activists.

There have been consistent reports of some units refusing to fire on protesters, but the crackdown has continued. more