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.FULL STORY