Last updated: 5 September, 2011

Syria forces raid central cities

Syrian troops and security forces on Monday launched an assault on the central cities of Hama and Homs, where they shot dead at least two people, activists said.

“More than 30 military vehicles and security forces raided Hama this morning and heavy gunfire was heard in the city,” Omar Idlibi, spokesman of the Local Coordination Committees, told AFP in Nicosia on the telephone.

A similar operation was carried out in central Homs, where the security forces shot dead at least two people, he added.