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CAIRO — Syria’s state news agency reported Monday that “armed gangs” had killed 80 police and security personnel in multiple attacks on security forces in a northwestern town, and that residents were “pleading” for the army to intervene.
The attacks, if confirmed, would be the most lethal anti-government retaliation in Syria since President Bashar al-Assad began a brutal crackdown on protesters three months ago.
BEIRUT – Syrian TV claims 120 police and security forces have been killed by armed groups in a northern town.
It says 82 of them were killed in an attack on a security post. The report on Monday could not immediately be verified.
The confrontations occurred in the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province were Syria's military has been conducting military operations for days as part of a crackdown on an uprising calling for an end to President Bashar Assad's regime.