03 Jul '11, 7pm

Syrian army in crackdown on dissidents in northwest

Syrian army in crackdown on dissidents in northwest

DAMASCUS: The Syrian army made sweeping arrests in a crackdown on dissent in the northwest of the country on Sunday, as troops deployed in the hotbed central city of Hama, an activist said. The move came as some 100 independent figures met in the capital to discuss a "third way" for Syria, which has been rocked by deadly anti-regime protests for three months. Troops backed by 97 tanks and personnel carriers advanced late Saturday on Kfar Rumma village and made arrests in the district of Jabal al-Zawiyah, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He told AFP in Nicosia that the troops moved to the outskirts of Kfar Rumma but did not enter it as residents tried to block them. "Ninety-seven military vehicles, including tanks and personnel carriers, carrying thousands of soldiers moved Saturday night towards Kfar Rumma," he said. "Hundreds of residents...

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