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Syrian forces raid towns near the Lebanese border

Arab World Materials 5 September 2011 12:33
Syrian security forces on Monday raided areas adjacent to the Lebanese border looking for activists who have been rallying against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, activists based in northern Lebanon told the German Press Agency dpa.
Syrian forces raid towns near the Lebanese border

Syrian security forces on Monday raided areas adjacent to the Lebanese border looking for activists who have been rallying against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, activists based in northern Lebanon told the German Press Agency dpa.

"Gunfire could be heard across the border," said a Syrian activist based in the region of Wadi Khaled.

He added that Syrian troops also stormed the town of Jisr al-Saghour in the Idlib province.

"The residents in and around the northern city of Idlib and the central city of Hama said the government forces are carrying a intensive search for Adnan Bakkour, the chief government prosecutor in Hama," the activist who requested not to be named told dpa.

Bakkour appeared in videos last week in which he said he had resigned because of a massive government campaign of killing and torture in Hama. The government responded that Bakkour had been kidnapped and was forced to issue the statement.

Meanwhile, activists based in the Syrian capital said soldiers have defected from the Syrian army at Mezzeh airport in Damascus. They gave no further details.

At least 24 people were killed Sunday in violence across Syria, as the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) sought to pressure the government to ensure medical access to those injured and jailed.

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