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Syrian army defectors open fire on military convoy

12-15-2011 15:58 BJT

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Army defectors opened fire on a military convoy in central Syria, in retaliation for a deadly attack on a car carrying civilians.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least eight soldiers died in the ambush on four vehicles in al-Ashar-na, on the outskirts of Hama.

The attack came after 5 people were killed when artillery shells fired by Syrian security forces hit their car near al-Khatab. And, more than 35 people were reportedly killed by security forces on Tuesday.

The majority of deaths were in the restive north-western province of Idlib. Activists said troops opened fire on funeral processions in two local villages following an attack by defectors in which seven soldiers died.

The defectors were themselves retaliating for an earlier raid on the villages by security forces that left 11 civilians dead.

Syrian state media reported that 17 military funerals took place on Tuesday for victims of "armed terrorist gangs".



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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