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Syrian troops retake flashpoint suburb

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-01-26

Thousands of Syrian troops are streaming back into the Damascus suburb of Douma, activists said Thursday, just days after withdrawing due to intense clashes with rebels. The mostly plain-clothed troops met with no resistance.

AP - Activists say Syrian troops are storming a heavily-populated Damascus suburb from which the government forces pulled out earlier this week, after intense clashes with rebel fighters.

Activist and resident Mohammed al-Saeed says thousands of troops, mostly in plainclothes, fanned out across his neighborhood of Douma on Thursday morning, facing no resistance.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says "a large force" entered Douma. Regime troops left Douma on Sunday, following clashes with army defectors.

Douma has witnessed intense protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime shortly after the country’s uprising erupted in March. A government crackdown has killed more than 5,400 people, according to the U.N..

Syria’s revolt has grown increasingly militarized in recent months.


 

Date created : 2012-01-26

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