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Syrian army begins crackdown in restive northern town

RIA Novosti

17:54 10/06/2011 MOSCOW, June 10 (RIA Novosti) - The Syrian army on Friday began a military operation against anti-government protestors in to the restive town of Jisr al-Shughour near the Turkish border, state TV said.

Some 2,800 residents fled to Turkey after the government announced the operation to "restore security" to the town on Syria's northwestern border, where the authorities say 120 security personnel were killed by "armed gangs" earlier this week.

"Our correspondent in Jisr al-Shughur told us now that in response to people's calls, units from the Syrian Arabic Army started its duties in Jisr al-Shughur ... to arrest armed members," the TV report said.

Human rights groups say more than 1,000 civilians have been killed since an uprising against the 41-year rule of President Bashar al-Assad began in March.

More pro-democracy protesters are taking place in at least four cities on Friday.

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