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Syria Army to quit protest town on Thursday: General

Last Updated: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 13:48

Dara’a: Syrian troops which have kept a lockdown on the town of Daraa south of Damascus since April 25 after it became a focus of anti-regime protests are to pull back on Thursday, General Riad Haddad said.

"The Army has completed its mission in Daraa and is to begin withdrawing its troops in the next few hours," said the general, who is director of the military`s political department.

"This will be done in phases and life will return to normal in this town," he added.
Separately, a rights activist said Syrian troops arrested more than 300 people in the town of Saqba just outside Damascus on Thursday as they pressed an iron fisted crackdown on seven weeks of unprecedented protests.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 13:48
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