Syria has opted for military solution: activist

Filed on April 25, 2011

DAMASCUS Syria has chosen a military solution to crush nationwide pro-democracy demonstrations, prominent rights activist Rami Abdel Rahman said on Monday, as the army launched assaults in towns.

“It is clear that the Syrian authorities have taken a decision for a military and security solution,” Abdel Rahman, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP by telephone.

Other rights activists and witnesses said thousands of Syrian troops early on Monday launched assaults on the southern town of Daraa as well as on Douma and Al-Muadamiyah near Damascus.

One witness spoke of five people killed in Daraa when their car was raked by gunfire while activists reached by phone said they were unable to count the casualties as army snipers on rooftops had people pinned down indoors.

Tanks backed up the troops in Daraa, witnesses said.

The assaults in protest-swept Syria form part of a crackdown in which according to rights activists and witnesses more than 135 people have been killed and scores arrested since Friday.

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