August 12th, 2011
10:26 AM ET

Syrian tanks move into another restive town, opposition reports

Syrian forces moved into the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Friday, extending their crackdown in a province that has been one of the flashpoints of anti-government protests, opposition activists and human rights groups said.

Syria's state-run SANA news agency reported that government troops were fighting armed gangs in the embattled northwest province of Idlib, an acknowledgement by President Bashar al-Assad's government of military operations that human rights groups allege have resulted in the killings of civilians.

At least one woman was killed in clashes between demonstrators and Syrian forces, who rolled into Khan Sheikhoun at dawn with tanks and armored personnel carriers, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which cited reports from opposition activists in the city.

The identities of the opposition activists were withheld by the rights group at their request out of concerns for their safety.

And in the nearby city of Hama, where military units withdrew earlier this week, busloads of plainclothes security forces opened fire to break up anti-government protests after Friday prayers at local mosques, an opposition activist there told CNN. There were reports of casualties, but their number or severity was unknown, he said.

The activist said several volleys of gunfire were used to disperse worshippers at a mosque he attended and that similar incidents had occurred at other mosques.

CNN is not able to independently verify accounts of events on the ground or the death tolls. Syria has severely limited access to foreign journalists in recent months.

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  1. banasy

    The right-wing nuts in Washington are disgraceful. When Britain fights armed gangs,we advise them. But when Syria fights armed gangs, Washington works to have Assad step down. Those Tea Partiers have to go. It's as simple as that.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Good post banasy,you said it all. Thank you.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. 009

    I'm still wondering what's in it for us–or for some VIP–to overthrow the Syrian government.
    Something.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. 009

    Not banasy.
    Thank you, Dick.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    009, In a nutshell, the right-wing nuts will get to place their political puppets in there to further expand their control. They're already working behind the scenes to have Assad removed. Those thugs have no shame. When will they stop! It makes me so angry! Those thugs in Washington have to go. It's as simple as that.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. George Patton

    Good post banasy,thank you.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    maybe they will have some jobs open up as tank machinist?

    August 12, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Is there an online course?lol

      August 12, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. 009

    Oh, I see.
    banasy is sloshed.

    August 12, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Lucky her.

      August 12, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Hey, Dick the Troll is spouting his crapola again!
    Glad you know the diff, 009!
    And I'm not sloshed...yet...but dirty martinis are definitely in my future...lol.

    August 12, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @Scottish Mama:

    Hey, where have you been? We've missed you 'round these here parts.

    August 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Hey lucky lady, My glass is lifted to you. I have been busy working around the homestead. Geez Louise, it is a bit subdued in here lately, I have been picking fights with the trolls and even they have been taking breaks. They must live in the hotter climates. It has been beautiful here as of late. Cool evenings and the days are in the lower to mid 80"s. I wish we would get some rain though, the dirt around here is powder. How is your job? Anything new and exciting? Dirty Martinis, I am a cheap date when it comes to drinking, long island tea's make for a quick buzz, 7 and 7's are tasty, really cold beer if I have to. Are you a Bears fan? The NFL games are starting soon and this year I do not seem to have the excitement factor craze going, ya know Tailgaiting and such. Now I'm off to visit family, check back wilth you later. Smiley face to u.

      August 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    the fake guy always post the same lame stuff.... it gets really boring..

    August 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @Ruffie:

    I know, right? You'd think he'd mix it up a bit!

    August 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I just wish he would say something of his or her own. Anyone can be the fester on someones buttocks.

      August 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Real Thing

    @banasy; everyone knows the diff. No one can imitate the real thing. Its so refreshing to read your posts. Lucky for us.

    August 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Real Thing

    Love your new signature name

    August 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    dear fakey... please give the right-wing thugs a chance... maybe you will see that they are really looking out for our best intrest...

    August 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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