Major military operation reported in southern Syrian city
April 24th, 2011
11:32 PM ET

Major military operation reported in southern Syrian city

A major military operation was underway Monday in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, a witness said.

As the witness spoke, the sound of gunfire could be heard in the background, along with people screaming, "Allahu Akbar" - meaning "God is great."

"There are around 3,000 soldiers in Daraa now. They are breaking into people's houses, firing randomly at houses," the witness said. "We were sleeping and not protesting."

CNN was unable to verify the account.

Anti-government protests that have taken hold in many parts of Syria began in Daraa last month after a violent crackdown by security forces on peaceful demonstrators protesting the arrests of youths who scribbled anti-government graffiti.

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  1. Joey

    @ Dim Mak:
    I have read many of your interesting posts. I admire your insistence on thinking for yourself, and I often agree with you on points that you make, especially regarding religion and/or the existence of God.
    I never asked you to become a Christian.
    All Christians are not the same. The Bible is read differently by different Christians.
    An example of the "amending" to which you intelligently referred can be found in the modern Episcopal Church in this country. It takes the Bible seriously but not literally. When I attended Bible classes in one of its churches, we would consider this question, as posed by the same priest I mentioned above: "what do you think that this passage meant when it was written, and what do you think that it means for us today?"
    I meant in no way to advocate your beginning to believe in God. I think that you are doing very well the way you are.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. meee

    Jesus also said those who continue to reject Him kick the sand off your sandles to show you never were there and let em fall

    April 25, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    @ The Broker:
    I agree with you. It would never occur to me that any billionaire succeeded because he loved his fellow man.
    I absolutely support capitalism.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    Capitalism is the most moral economic system.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey

    Nobody needs to form his opinion from the conclusions of journalists.
    I know what I think about news regardless of its source.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Diceplayer

    Well as you can see that's what you get for being Muslim pigs see how you Muslims always cry for help from us Christians when you need it but when you don't need help you go send your suicide bombers at us. See if you pigs weren't Muslim then none of this would of happend See How your Allah has shined is love in the middle eas t with all these wars and terrisom and killings of innocents and In Europe and USA we live as civilised people as Christians GOD will not save youMuslim Heretics

    April 27, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tol Trunks

    Syria will be fine only, 14 people died the last few days. The David Shield protects them and they have it exclusively. If need be Magneto 512 and Holly Hodges will protect the country. 2-3-2012.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 2012

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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