BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian troops have stormed parts of
the eastern city of Deir el-Zour and explosions can be heard
throughout the area.
An activist in the city tells The Associated Press the military
launched a pre-dawn raid Sunday on the city, attacking it from four
sides and so far taking control of eight neighborhoods.
On Saturday, Syrian forces tightened a siege on the city of
Hama, the main center of the nearly five-month-old uprising against
President Bashar Assad's regime.
The activist said the military raid on Deir el-Zour began at 4
a.m. Sunday. The activist spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing
The Local Coordination Committees, an activist group tracking
the uprising, confirmed parts of the city were taken over by
There was no immediate word on casualties.