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. Pink Panther

    yeah their like *hawks* speaking of where is RAVEN ? hey girl you know these dudes... Trolls FEEDING on others U/N's sad pitiful trolls ..... Awwww can't think of an orginal name... You know your MAMA'S name? I do 🙂 LOLOL she SCREEMS IT TO ME EVERY NIGHT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    @Pink Panther:

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    August 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    @pink panther... she screams her "own name"? that is very wierd....

    August 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    "And in the nearby city of Hama" hamaburgers are a favorite treat..

    August 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @Ruffie:
    Lmao!
    True.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pink Panther

    Yeah thanks guys, for catching that.. of course she screamed my name .... LOL

    August 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    "Oh, oh, Pink Panther...PINK PAAAAAAAAAAAAAANTHER!!!"

    *snicker*

    August 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    THAT'S what i was thinking...

    August 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mad Hatter

    More like Piiinnnkk. he's a minute man that's all she says and he's done. LOL

    August 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Lmao!

    August 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pink Pather

    FU Mad Hatter

    August 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mad Hatter

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    August 12, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pink Pather

    then your saying you and D-I-C-K are secret LOVERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F-U-C-K FACE

    August 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pink Pather

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    August 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mad Hatter

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    August 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
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