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Defection rises in Syrian army

Arab World Materials 23 September 2011 13:33 (UTC +04:00)
Defection rises in Syrian army

Azerbaijan , Baku, Sept. 23 / Trend A. Isgandarov /

Syrian authorities has deployed Shabeeha forces in Hama, where about 300 soldiers are suspected of defection, Al Jazeera quoted activists as saying.

Meanwhile, Syrian security forces have continued campaign of raids and arrests in different cities including Homos.

The mass riots have begun in the Syrian city Dera'a in mid-March. Arrest of a group of schoolchildren, who had written the anti-government slogans on the walls, was reported to cause the protests. People appeared in the streets demanding to release the adolescents. The troops entered the city to suppress the anti-government protests. They used tanks and artillery to disperse mass demonstrations.

According to official data, about 500 soldiers and members of security forces were killed since the events as a result of actions of "armed terrorist elements"

According to the UN, more than 2,700 people have been killed in Syria since protests began more than six months ago.

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