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(Reuters) - Eight tanks and two armoured vehicles deployed in the old quarter of the besieged Syrian city of Deraa and several bodies were seen lying in a main street near the Omari mosque, a witness said on Monday.
The witness in Deraa said snipers on government buildings and security forces in army fatigues had been shooting at random at houses since tanks moved in just after dawn prayers.
"People are taking cover in homes. I could see two bodies near the mosque and no one was able to go out and drag them away," the witness said.
Originally posted by lokdog
Sorry poor Syrian people who just want to be free. Nato is busy in Iraq,Afghanistan, and Libya. Better luck next time.
A resident of Deraa, speaking under the condition of anonymity for his own safety, said that security forces had taken over the town hospital, and were shooting at anyone who approached the building.
"Snipers are on top of all the buildings in Deraa and there are lots of bodies on the streets," the man said in a phone interview. "They were left on the street for three days and we couldn't remove them."
Troops had sealed off the town, and were searching homes at night.