June 10th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

Syrian military advances towards rebellious border town

Syrian state television announced Friday that the military launched an operation to retake the rebellious northern border town of Jisr Al-Shugur.

Meanwhile, Syrian refugees and opposition activists who fled the town fearing a government attack said they heard tanks firing their cannons as they advanced through villages while approaching Jisr Al-Shugur.

"In response to the appeal from the families, units of the Syrian military began implementing its function to restore security in Jisr Al-Shugur and surrounding villages and arresting a number of militants," Syrian state TV announced in a banner Friday morning.

"They are attacking the village of Sirmaniya with tanks," said opposition activist Yusuf Mohamad Ali Hassan in a phone call to CNN.

This comes as anti-government demonstrators embark on protests across the country, engulfed in conflict between activists opposing the Bashar al-Assad regime and government forces working to clamp down on the outpourings.

Every Friday for weeks, anti-government marches have been organized after weekly Muslim prayers, and activists have given specific themes to the protests.

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March 8th, 2010
07:30 AM ET

Quake kills 57 in Turkey

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A pre-dawn earthquake collapsed homes and  killed at least 57 people in a mountainous region of southeastern Turkey Monday, government officials said.

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