Cautious calm in Homs, army round up armed men: paper

14:33, July 21, 2011      

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Cautious calm prevailed in the central city of Homs after army units arrested a number of gunmen and confiscated their weapons, the private al-Watan newspaper said Wednesday.

The Syrian army entered at dawn Tuesday to several areas in Homs and fought fierce battles that continued until noon with armed men, the paper said, adding the confrontations left many injuries among army personnel.

In a related context, al-Watan said the northern city of Hama is recovering from the recent crisis and the life in the city is returning to normalcy.

The cities of Hama and Homs have become the focal points of protests after bloody incidents were reported in the two cities.

According to activists, more than 13 people were killed on Tuesday in Homs after clashes with security forces, and other 30 over the weekend in the city, which is a dangerous escalation in violence stemming from the country's four-month protests.

The Syrian government said 1,200 members of security forces and army personnel had died since the eruption of protests. According to activists, more than 1,600 civilians have died and some 10,000 have been detained.

Source: Xinhua
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