Syrian tanks roll into another town

Three people were killed and 15 were wounded when tanks rolled into the coastal city of Latakia in Syria on Friday: Soldiers backed by loyalist militia known as shabbiha were also deployed in the city's Sulaiba district, the group's head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said. "They are arresting dozens of people," he said, adding many people were fleeing the assault. Troops and shabbiha killed one person in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanese border, and made arrests in nearby Jousiyah village, he said. The bodies of four people arrested during an assault last week in the Houla Plain, north of Homs, were returned to their families, he added. Syrian authorities deny reports of deaths in detention and say 500 soldiers and police have been killed by armed groups they blame for the violence. The state news agency SANA said three security forces were killed in Friday's protests. Since the start of Ramadan in early August, Assad has stepped up the military campaign, launching assaults on the central...(Read Full Post)