Last updated: 6 October, 2011

Syrian activists say 12 killed as army and deserters clash

Twelve people were killed in clashes between soldiers and deserters in villages of Idlib province in northwest Syria on Thursday, a human rights group said.

“Seven soldiers and five deserters or civilians were killed in the clashes in villages west of Jabal al-Zawiya,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that dozens of people were wounded.

The Observatory and the Local Coordination Committees, an anti-regime activist network, said soldiers and security forces raided the villages backed by tanks.