Syria arrests ‘terror cells’ leaders’

Syrian army units say they have arrested a number of armed group leaders, blamed for violent acts in the northern area of Jisr al-Shughour.

According to the Syrian TV, a large number of terrorist group members were also killed and wounded in the ambush, the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA said on Saturday.

Jisr al-Shughour has witnessed violent clashes between anti-government forces and Syrian troops during the past days.

Many residents have fled from the area towards the Turkish border.

Syrian security forces say the situation in the area has now returned to normal.

Since the beginning of unrest in Syria in mid-March, hundreds of people, including security forces, have been killed.

The opposition accuses security forces of being behind the killings. But the government blames armed gangs for the deadly violence, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to bring those behind the killings to justice.

( / 11.06.2011)

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