Group reports Syria clashes13/04/2012 - 09:15:49
Syrian troops are clashing with rebels near the border with Turkey, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.
Today’s clash appears to be the first serious violation of an internationally brokered ceasefire that went into effect a day earlier.
The Observatory said the clashes are taking place on the outskirts of the north-western village of Khirbel el-Joz that borders Turkey.
The group, which has a network of activists throughout Syria, said the army deployed tanks in the area before the clash.
Regime forces halted heavy shelling and other major attacks in line with the truce that began at dawn yesterday, though there were accusations of scattered violence by both sides.
The government has ignored demands to pull troops back to barracks.
Despite the clash, there was still no sign of the widespread shelling, rocket attacks and mortars that were daily occurrences before the ceasefire went into effect.
Another activist group, the Local Co-ordination Committees, also said that tanks were deployed near Khirbet el-Joz and were trying to storm a post run by the defectors who are known Free Syrian Army. The LCC reported “very heavy gunfire”.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said gunshots could be heard from the village of Uluyol in Hatay province, which is across the border from Khirbet el-Joz.
The Observatory said tanks and other army vehicles were still in the streets of cities and towns around the country today.
The Observatory also said that troops opened fire at an anti-government demonstration in the village of Bardig in the central province of Hama late yesterday and defectors returned fire, killing two soldiers.
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