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    JPost - Sun, May 1, 2011 The Jerusalem Post Syrian army renews tank shelling of Deraa By JPOST.COM STAFF 05/01/2011 13:54
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      JPost - Sun, May 1, 2011
      The Jerusalem Post
      Syrian army renews tank shelling of Deraa
      By JPOST.COM STAFF
      05/01/2011 13:54

      http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=218638


      Besieged southern city where uprising against Assad began once again
      target of fire following weekend in which nearly 50 killed.


      The Syrian Army renewed tank fire in the old quarter of the southern
      city of Deraa on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

      The city, which has been the heart of the uprising against Syrian
      President Bashar Assad has been under siege for the past week.


      On Saturday, Syrian forces, backed by tanks, shelled parts of Deraa and
      stormed its main mosque.
      Residents said earlier they could hear heavy gunfire in the old city
      where the Omari Mosque, a focal point for protests, is located.

      At least 40 people were killed in Deraa on Friday, activists said, and
      another six on Saturday.

      Roughly 70 people were reported killed nationwide over the weekend.
      Syrian human rights groups say more than 500 people have been killed in
      six weeks of violence.

      In response to the violence, newly appointed Syrian Prime Minister Adel
      Safar said his government would draw up a “complete plan” of political,
      judicial and economic reforms, the state news agency SANA said on
      Saturday. SANA quoted Safar as saying he would set up committees to
      propose new laws and amendments to legislation in those areas.

      Oren Kessler contributed to this report
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