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Syria sends in more troops despite ceasefire deal

Fierce clashes broke out on Tuesday between Syrian troops and rebels as the regime sent reinforcements into some hot spots despite a pledge by President Bashar al-Assad to implement a peace plan.

world Updated: Apr 04, 2012 00:09 IST

Fierce clashes broke out on Tuesday between Syrian troops and rebels as the regime sent reinforcements into some hot spots despite a pledge by President Bashar al-Assad to implement a peace plan.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting was taking place in the southern province of Daraa in northwest Idlib province and near the capital.

In Daraa cradle of the one-year uprising against Assad s regime fighting erupted overnight in the town of Inkhel after rebels attacked army checkpoints.

In the same region dozens of troop carriers arrived in the town of Dael where the army carried out raids and arrests the day before.

Sayyed Mahmud, an activist in Daraa reached by Skype, told AFP the situation was extremely tense in Dael.

“They burned down 14 houses yesterday. They are arresting people and have sent in troop reinforcements,” he said.

“As part of the regime s campaign to starve the people troops are raiding homes destroying food stocks and equipment,” he added. “For example if they see a sowing machine they destroy it.

“They go into bakeries and destroy the dough. There are 15-hour power cuts a day.”

In Idlib, heavy fighting was taking place on the outskirts of the town of Taftanaz where two civilians and one soldier were killed amid heavy machinegun fire and shelling, the Observatory said.

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