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Two tales of one city in Syria

Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 02:07

June 7 - Government sources and demonstrators offer conflicting accounts of bloodshed in a northwestern Syrian town. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Amateur video from Syria's border with Turkey. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters shows women shouting. They say they fled the town of Jisr al-Shughour, where there have been unverified reports that more than 100 citizens were killed. Footage from inside the Northwestern Syrian town shows funeral services. Demonstrators continue to call for the end of the regime. Bodies are prepared for burial. Exactly what happened in the northwestern town over the weekend is unclear. But, it seems to have been one of the bloodiest episodes in nearly 12 weeks of popular protests against President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year rule. Accounts range from an official version of gunmen ambushing troops to residents' reports of an army mutiny. Syrian State media says more 120 security personnel were killed. Syrian Tv shows anguished residents. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified man, saying (Arabic): "We ask the army to intervene and solve the problem in the area. The area is absolute hell, this area is absolute hell." Syria has barred most foreign media from the country, making it hard to verify events. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Two tales of one city in Syria

Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 02:07