Thursday, June 14, 2012

Syrian town deserted, burnt after clashes

(Reuters) - The Syrian town of Haffeh was smouldering and nearly deserted on Thursday after days of clashes between government forces and rebels, while activists reported more army assaults on pro-opposition areas across the country.

United Nations monitors had been trying to enter the town after several days of fighting but were forced to turn back on Tuesday when a crowd attacked them.

They finally gained access on Thursday to find state buildings burnt down, shops abandoned and a body lying in the street. Smoke rose from destroyed buildings and burnt-out cars littered the streets. There were signs of a heavy bombardment.

Only a handful of residents could be seen and one man said 26,000 people had fled. Read More