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Syria - Sep 20, 2011 - 14:36

Last modified: 20 Sep 2011 11:36

A large number of Syrian army tanks have completely surrounded al-Kiswa town, activists said.

13 people were killed on Monday, among them children and soldiers who have defected in Sahl al-Hawla in Homs, Deraa, Hama and Latakia districts, The General Organisation for the Syrian Revolution has said.

In Sahl al-Hawla in Homs, 20 people were injured while security forces arrested 30 others, among them 6 children and two young ladies  who were  treated at a hospital in Taldo village.

In al-Bayadha, in Homs, a number of defected soldiers fired at three army tanks at Cairo roundabout, and then fled while brandishing  their arms.

In the Harasta suburb of Damascus, dozens of military vehicles belonging to the Syrian army and security forces were deployed on the district blocking the Damascus-Aleppo expressway.

Meanwhile, in Deraa, schoolboys from a number of schools rallied in protest and refused to go back to school until the downfall of the Syrian regime.

Deir ez-Zor's al-Sana’a neighbourhood witnessed massive deployment of military police force elements and gunfire shooting by heavy machineguns was heard in Maarata, Arnaba and Joseph villages south-west of Jebel al-Zawiya.