06 May '11, 9am

Syria braces for \"Day of Defiance\"

DAMASCUS: Syria on Friday braced for a "Day of Defiance" by opponents of President Bashar al-Assad as they press an uprising against his rule in the face of a deadly crackdown that has drawn an international outcry. Assad's troops have deployed in force in the Mediterranean protest hub of Banias and Ar-Rastan, another hotbed, activists said, after pulling out of the flashpoint town of Daraa in the south following a 10-day lockdown. Dozens of armoured vehicles, including tanks, and troop reinforcements were deployed near Banias, an activist told AFP on Thursday, contacted by telephone. "It looks like they are preparing to attack the town, like they did in Daraa," he said. Hundreds of troops withdrew from Daraa on Thursday, and the military said the operation carried on overnight into Friday. "Throughout the night, they withdrew from Daraa and this is continuing today. The t...

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