September 26th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Tanks block access to western Syrian city, activist says

The sound of heavy weapons and machine gun fire echoed through the night in the restive city of Al-Rastan after a large number of tanks moved in to block key roads and areas of town, an opposition activist said Monday.

"Several tanks have been in place since May at each of the entrances of the city, but Sunday a great number of tanks began blocking the agriculture parts of the town and the surrounding villages and even took positions inside Rastan," said the activist, a member of the opposition Local Coordinating Committees who could not be identified because of security concerns.

More than 50 tanks were in and around the city in the western province of Homs, the activist said.

The claims could not be independently verified.

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  1. nightshade.

    The eastern world, it is exploding.
    Violence flaring, bullets loading.
    Your old enough to kill, but not for voting.
    You don't believe in war, but whats that gun you're toting ?
    And even the Jordan river has bodies floating.
    But you tell meeeee over and over and over again my friend,
    You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction

    September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    And the band played on.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robert Black

    Stop the killing of the innocence in Mexico. Demand answers from the justice department.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Banasy

    i love to finger bang myself in front of the window when people come and knock on our door, like right now!! ***finger-bang***

    September 27, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Catholic Priest

    @banasy ,i'll be right over . Oh, can i baby sit you for – say....... About 3 yrs? U r turning me on with that whole window thing. ***i love to watch***

    September 27, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |