June 6th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Syria: 'Armed gangs' kill 80 security forces

Dozens of people were killed Monday in the northern Syrian city of Jisr Al-Shugur in the third consecutive day of violence there, according to reports from the government and opposition groups.

State-run Syrian television reported that 40 members of Syria's security forces were killed in an ambush by "armed gangs" in the city and that some of the bodies were mutilated and thrown along the banks of the Assi River, three were killed when government buildings were set afire and another 37 were killed in clashes at a security center.

State television further reported that the "armed gangs" had stolen five tons of dynamite from a storage area near the Al Abyad Valley Dam. The state security forces were facing hundreds of armed men in Jisr Al-Shugur and were trying to lift the siege of a neighborhood that had been taken over by the "gangs," state TV reported.

It said the state was sending reinforcements.

A resident of Jisr al-Shugur, however, said the city was calm Monday, and that the clashes happened at nearby Khan Shaykhun, where 20 residents and an unknown number of security forces were killed.

He said residents were using hunting rifles.

The Syrian Revolution Facebook page said 10 helicopters were firing at civilians. The page predicted a major military incursion Monday night and appealed to residents to evacuate as soon as possible to Turkey.

An opposition member who lives outside Syria but has sources inside the country who have proved reliable in the past said the clashes over the past three days in Jisr Al-Shugur, Khan Shaykhun and surrounding villages were between members and supporters of the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood and the Syrian security forces.  He said that 90 security members and 23 opposition members were killed Monday. In addition, nine tanks were destroyed and two helicopters were downed, he said.

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  1. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    CHOP! CHOP! CHOP!

    June 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    But if Caylee and George were really having an affair behind Martha's back then it would make the other story seem totally unbelievable because if you believe that her motive was jealousy then she wouldn't have that look on her face when she ate that pork rind her mother gave her for lunch the day before this all happened!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony's Case Posts

    Watch her if she picks her nose during the trial because they actually found boogers on the dresser where her grandmother kept her diary so Casey couldn't make the pages stick together like she did when she was in JHS trying out for cheerleader wearing steel-toe boots and didn't even care if she stepped on anything or not so if that's how she was with boogers on her fingers then how can she be guilty for not having any boogers on the dresser? She can't! The whole thing was made-up from start to finish because real boogers dry too fast but they won't do a complete forensic examination of her nostrils.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. freedom for syria

    I'm from Jisr alshughur from Syria all written something about armed Islamists is invented by the Syrian secret services, the Menchen have friedl severally protested against alassad and the army and alassad mercenaries opened fire on them many refused honest soldiers shoot and therefore were executed by their colleagues and that's all detectable with video and what their source, I think he is pretending to be concerned that he is from Syria oppesition know because, as it is a sect of religious rules the Alevis Alevis and all are in foreign or domestic side and some mistake on assad that they belong to the opposition in order to cover up the truth and the dektator support

    June 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moze

      @ freedom for Syria, I need to remind you that you are (if from jisr alshughur) HAVE NO access to internet! and if you have!!! you wont have time enough to brows the internet AND GET HERE!!! rather than, If i know about jisr alshughur, I KNOW that NON of its local speaks/write good arabic, how could you write in english Mr david copperfield?
      you need a rest Sir.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moze

      @ freedom for Syria, I need to remind you that you are (if from jisr alshughur) HAVE NO access to internet! and if you have!!! you wont have time enough to brows the internet AND GET HERE!!! rather than, If i know about jisr alshughur, I KNOW that NON of its local speaks/write good arabic, how could you write in english Mr david copperfield?
      you need a rest Sir..

      June 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. syria

    I'm from Jisr alshughur from Syria all written something about armed Islamists is invented by the Syrian secret services, the Menchen have friedl severally protested against alassad and the army and alassad mercenaries opened fire on them many refused honest soldiers shoot and therefore were executed by their colleagues and that's all detectable with video and what their source, I think he is pretending to be concerned that he is from Syria oppesition know because, as it is a sect of religious rules the Alevis Alevis and all are in foreign or domestic side and some mistake on assad that they belong to the opposition in order to cover up the truth and the dektator support

    June 8, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. sooooooory

    The Syrian regime has resolved to commit a massacre in Jisr Al-Shoghour. In order to make of it an example to all the Syrian provinces, and to deter the Syrian people from demonstrating.
    We as activists, politicians and jurists, have asked the inhabitants to escape with their families and to leave their homes and all their belongings behind, despite the fact that their homes could be vandalized.

    Most of Jisr Al-Shoghour’s inhabitants had fled, but left behind is a section of young people and honest elements who have defected from the Syrian army, and decided to face security elements and death squads to defend their homeland, its people, and all that they own. Their case is similar to that of the rebels in Benghazi, who found that they have to face al-Gaddafi.
    We ask The International Community, The Arab League, The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), all human rights organizations and all humanitarians for immediate intervention and to rectify the situation before the massacre is committed. A massacre, not unlike the one which Gaddafi had intended for Benghazi and would have taken place if it was not for the intervention of NATO.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. syrian inhabitant

    My friend tell me that in his village the people recieved the bodies of their two security men without heads <they were killed in jisr alshughur by muslem brotherhood armed men , really they did not kill them by loud shouts "as they are peaceful protesters like west supposed"

    June 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Assad Supporter!!!

    Muslim Brother Hood Armed gangs were trained in turkey to cause division in Syria, I am Syrian i know what's happening in Syria, Extremist are getting paid and provided with weapons to attack the Syrian Army and to kill any Pro Assad. I Support Bashar Al assad, I support Syrian Army/gov. and I support My country, Long live Bashar Al Assad.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
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