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Monday, March 5, 2012

Rebels go on 'offensive' as attacks by Syrian regime spread

(CNN) -- After pummeling the western city of Rastan over the weekend, government troops turned their lethal attention to cities across the country Monday, opposition activists said.

Three people were killed in the southern province of Daraa, and one was killed in each of the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, said the Syrian Network for Human Rights, an opposition activist group.

The Syrian regime has also ramped up raids and arrests across the country, detaining hundreds of civilians in the past two days, the network said Monday. It said Syrian journalist and blogger Rafaa Masri was among those recently detained.

The Syrian government, meanwhile, said 12 "martyrs" from the army were buried Monday. Read More