6 killed in Syria raids on dissidents
Damascus, Aug 29: Syrian security forces killed six people and wounded dozens today in raids in the northwest and around the capital, as tanks rumbled into a village bordering Lebanon further south, rights groups said.
A child was among five people killed when troops and security forces opened fire during search operations in the Sarmin district of the northwest province of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
One person died when part of his home was levelled as Syrian forces raked houses in Sarmin with heavy machine-gun fire, the head of the Britain-based Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said.
At least 60 people were also wounded in Sarmin and six houses were partly destroyed, he told AFP by telephone.
A sixth person was killed when security forces raided his home at dawn in the town of Qara outside Damascus during an arrest operation, the Local Coordination Committees reported.
Around 10 trucks and armoured vehicles entered Qara, said the group which organises anti-regime protests and has militants on the ground across Syria. It said some 40 people whose names were on a "wanted list" were detained.
Meanwhile, troops backed by tanks and personnel carriers early on Monday stormed the village of Hit, two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the border with Lebanon, south of the central city of Homs, Abdel Rahman said.
"There has been high intensity gunfire 1130 IST," he told AFP, adding that at least five people were wounded and 13 were arrested. AFP
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