Syria forces kill 5 people in two assaults: residents

Reuters News
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Posted: Jul 28, 2011 4:09 PM

Amman (Reuters) - Syrian security forces shot dead three civilians in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor Thursday, residents said, in a new assault to try and crush widening Sunni tribal dissent against President Bashar al-Assad.

To the west, in Madaya near the capital Damascus, residents told Reuters two civilians were killed in a security sweep on the town.

Situated on the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountains, Madaya has witnessed large protests demanding the toppling of Assad, despite the stationing of tanks and armored personnel carriers in the region.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Sophie Hares)