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Tanks pull back, strike continues

world Updated: Jun 05, 2011 18:22 IST

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Syrian activists and residents say tanks are withdrawing from the outskirts of a tense city in central Syria and in southern villages.

The tanks pulled back overnight from Hama, where residents are conducting a general strike in memory of dozens killed when security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters on Friday.

A resident said on Sunday most shops and businesses were shuttered in the second day of the three-day closure. He spoke by telephone on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

Human rights activist Rami Abdul-Rahman also said the army withdrew from the villages of Dael and Hirak near the city of Daraa where the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in mid-March.

The military had been conducting military operations in the area for days.