Residents of Syrian town prepare for government assault

Security officials say operation will clear out “armed gangs”

Residents of the Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour are bracing for an expected assault by government forces, after “armed gangs” in the town killed 120 government security personnel on Tuesday, according to Syrian state television. Residents told the BBC while many are fleeing, others are setting up checkpoints and barriers in the streets as the Syrian army advances with tanks and helicopters. Activists in Syria admit the cause of the deaths is unclear, but they insist that the uprising against the Syrian government is peaceful. Jisr al-Shughour is situated just 20 km from the Turkish border. Already, dozens of Syrians have crossed into Turkey and are being treated in hospitals for wounds they allege were inflicted by Syrian security forces. Speaking in Washington, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said his government is pushing for a UN Security Council resolution condemning the actions of the Syrian government, and urging the country to allow humanitarian aid into its cities.

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