25 April 2011

Is Syria Melting Down... Even Worse?

The Syrian army has now attacked the city of Deraa, where most of the protests have been starting.

Syria's army has advanced into the southern city of Deraa, with tanks being used to back troops, according to activists and unverified video footage.
One activist was quoted as saying that security forces were "firing in all directions", and at least five people were reportedly killed.
Witnesses also said security forces had opened fire in a suburb of Damascus.
A prominent human rights campaigner said President Bashar al-Assad had launched a "savage war" on protesters.
There have been numerous reports of crackdowns and arrests around Syria over recent days, despite the lifting of an emergency law last week.
On Sunday, at least 13 people were reported to have been killed in the north-western city of Jabla, while dozens of protesters died on Friday.
Deraa is the city in which protesters began calling for political reforms last month. Many are now demanding that President Assad step down.

And Syria has closed the border with Jordan.

A Jordanian security official says Syria has sealed the border with Jordan and is preventing people from leaving the country.
The Jordanian border crossing lies close to the southern Syrian town of Daraa, where government forces were launching a sharp crackdown on protesters Monday. Some of the fiercest protests against the Syrian regime have taken place in Daraa.
The official spoke on customary condition of anonymity.
The border closure may aim to prevent Syrian demonstrators and activists from feeling to nearby Jordan.
The head of Syria's Customs Department denied that Damascus has closed its land borders with Jordan.

By: Brant

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