Four Syrian Soldiers Reported Killed in Escape Attempt
By NADA BAKRI
Activists and residents said that the army sent reinforcements to the central city of Homs and to several villages on its outskirts on Monday. The deployment came after reports that soldiers who had deserted had set ambushes for the military and were attacking checkpoints run by security forces and armed men in plainclothes loyal to the Assad government.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a human rights group in
There were conflicting reports about the number of civilians who were killed, and activists said that security forces attacked several neighborhoods in
The uprising started in mid-March as a peaceful movement inspired by the street demonstrations in
“Protests alone are not enough,” said a
The state news agency said that officials in
The agency also reported that authorities confiscated weapons, explosives and ammunition, including 10,000 bullets, in Nasib, a village near the Jordanian border where activists said they had seen large demonstrations in the past week. Activists said at least a dozen people were arrested there on Monday.
The government blames the unrest on a foreign conspiracy to divide the country and says it is battling armed groups who have killed at least 700 police officers and soldiers in the past six months.
Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Mouallem, who was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, accused foreign governments of trying to create tension in his country.
“How can we otherwise explain media provocations, financing and arming religious extremism?” Mr. Mouallem said. “What purpose could this serve other than total chaos that would dismember
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