Syrian Forces Widen Crackdown on Opposition

August 18, 2011
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Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have significantly intensified their crackdown on the nation’s opposition movement, conducting widespread arrests in Damascus and cities around the country. Witnesses say at least 10 protesters were killed and dozens were injured in the flashpoint city of Homs. Syrian forces also opened fire in the cities of Aleppo and Hama. State media reported the military has ended a four-day assault on the coastal city of Latakia, but residents say government forces continue to open fire in the city’s neighborhoods. The U.N. human rights chief, Navi Pillay, is expected to recommend the U.N. Security Council refer Syria’s crackdown to the International Criminal Court.