Thousands of Syrian troops raid rebellious city

Thousands of soldiers backed by tanks and snipers moved in previous to dawn to the city where Syria's anti-government rebellion began, reasoning panic in the streets when they opened fire haphazardly on civilians and went house-to-house rounding up supposed protesters. At least 11 people were killed and 14 others lay in the streets — either dead or grimly wounded, witnesses said.

The military raids on the southern city of Daraa and at least two other areas optional Syria is trying to impose military control on the centers of protest in opposition to President Bashar Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for four decades. Residents and human rights activists said the command wants to terrify opponents and frighten them from staging any more exhibitions.

The disgusting was painstakingly planned: Electricity, water and mobile phone services were cut. Security agents armed with guns and knives conduct house-to-house sweeps, neighborhoods were sectioned off and checkpoints were erect previous to the sun rose.

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