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Army launches new raids in several Syrian towns

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-03-22

The Syrian army launched new attacks on several towns early on Thursday, killing a teenage boy and wounding dozens in heavy shelling on the town of Sermin near the border with Turkey, human rights activists said.

AFP - Syrian army forces attacked several towns on Thursday, killing a teenager and wounding dozens of other people in shelling and heavy machinegun fire, monitors said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a 17-year-old boy was killed and dozens wounded in an army assault on the town of Sermin in the northwestern province of Idlib on the border with Turkey.

In the south, rebel fighters killed a soldier and wounded four others near the village of Saida in Daraa province, on the border with Jordan and where Syria's year-old revolt against the regime erupted, it said.

Refugees pour across border into Turkey

REUTERS - Some 1,000 Syrian refugees have crossed the border into Turkey in the past 24 hours, a Turkish official said on Thursday, a sharp increase in the flow, bringing the total number of registered Syrian refugees in Turkey to some 14,000.

“Around 1,000 people crossed the border from Syria to Turkey in the last 24 hours,” the official said. “We expect this to continue as long as the operation goes on in Idlib.”

The Britain-based Observatory also reported several people wounded as regime forces opened fire with heavy machineguns in the Arbaeen district of Hama city in central Syria.

In Deir Ezzor province, to the east, regime troops carried out search operations in the town of Quriyeh, making 10 arrests, including four members of the same family, it said.

The reports could not be confirmed due to restrictions on the movements of foreign media in the country.

Date created : 2012-03-22


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