Syria authorities arrest 10 wanted people, seize "sophisticated weapons"

13:37, May 09, 2011      

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Syria said it has arrested tens of wanted people in northern Syria and seized large quantities of " sophisticated weapons", adding that its army is still hunting down "armed terrorist groups" across the country, state-run al-Baath daily reported on Sunday.

A military source was quoted by al-Baath as saying on Saturday that army units and security forces had chased with some " terrorist" groups in the coastal city of Banias, its surroundings, and some villages in the suburbs of Daraa province in southern Syria.

The source said clashes with the groups left 10 army officers wounded, adding that many members of the groups were killed and others wounded.

A source at the Interior Ministry said that an "armed terrorist group" had killed a policeman in the Tel Kalakh city in central Syria.

In the same context, Syria's official SANA news agency said terrorist groups have smashed public and private properties in al- Rawdha and Daher Safra towns in Tartous province on the Mediterranean, spread panic among residents by shooting indiscriminately at them.

A source at the police department in the northern province of Hama said around 400 demonstrators broke into Hama municipal building, some riding motorcycles, and set fire to a number of offices inside the building.

The source said policemen have interfered to protect public properties and arrested a big number of those groups while others have run away.

The Interior Ministry said some 166 Syrians, who were implicated in riot acts across the country, have turned themselves in to specialized authorities, raising the number of those who have recently surrendered to police to 719 people.

The ministry said the surrendered men were immediately released after pledging not to repeat such acts that harm the country and citizens.

The Interior Ministry has recently called upon citizens, whom it said were "misled into participating in or committing acts punishable by law including carrying weapons, disrupting security or issuing false statements," to turn themselves in and hand over their weapons to Syrian authorities.

The ministry said those who turn themselves in before mid May will be exempted from punishment.

Meanwhile, the Syrian TV broadcasted what it called confessions made by members of "terrorist groups" captured in Daraa, which has become a flashpoint of nearly two months of protests demanding sweeping reforms in the country.

The captured men confessed of receiving money and weapons from a Saudi man called Saud al-Outaibi, to carry out attacks against army units and security agents.

Mohammad Ahmed Ayyash, the head of the group, said the Saudi man has persuaded him that the Syrian regime is "combating religion" and should be overthrown.

Bahrain King, Hamad Bin Issa Al Khalifa, voiced Saturday his country's backing of Syria's security, stability and the process of reforms currently underway in the country.

The backing was verbally conveyed to Syrian President Bashar Assad by Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, during a meeting held in Damascus.

SANA said Assad's talks with the Bahraini Minister covered the current situation in the region, especially in Bahrain and Syria, and the need to continue consultations over all issues on the Arab and international arenas.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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