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Syria forces storm main town, fight defectors-residents

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 27 Sep 2011 04:20 GMT
Author: Reuters
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AMMAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Syrian forces backed by tanks and helicopters stormed a strategic town on Tuesday after fighting with army defectors, in a major operation to subdue pro-democracy protests in the centre of the country, residents said.

Tens of tanks and armoured vehicles entered Rastan, a town of 40,000 on the highway to Turkey near the city of Homs, after pounding it overnight with heavy machineguns from tanks and attack helicopters following a two-day siege, they said. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; Editing by David Stamp)

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