26 Apr '11, 8pm

Syria sends in more soldiers as Daraa assault rages

Syria sends in more soldiers as Daraa assault rages

DAMASCUS: Syria sent more soldiers to the southern town of Daraa on Tuesday where a deadly crackdown against pro-democracy protesters raged into a second day, activists said, as Washington considered "targeted sanctions" against Damascus. Britain said it was working with Western partners to send a "strong signal" to Damascus, while France and Italy denounced the "unacceptable" situation in Syria. Washington ordered non-essential embassy staff to leave Syria which has been shaken by six weeks of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule and Italy warned its citizens against travel there. And UN rights chief Navi Pillay, who has denounced the "disregard" for human life in Syria, has been invited to visit Damascus, a spokesman said, urging authorities to probe the killing of protesters. Nearly 400 people have been killed by security forces firing live round...

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