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Syrian forces storm border town

06-19-2011 09:14 BJT

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Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have stormed a town near the Turkish border, burning houses and arresting dozens of people.

The troops swept into the town of Bdama early Saturday morning. Witnesses say 70 people were arrested, and gunmen set two houses on fire. The latest assault followed a wave of protests against the President on Friday. Activists say 19 protesters were shot dead by security forces.

Meanwhile, Syrian state TV showed supporters of President Assad and the army demonstrating on the streets of Jisr al-Shughour. A few hundred people took part in the demonstration, some of them holding pictures of Assad and Syrian flags.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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