20/12/2011 Syrian troops have attacked a northern town, killing at least 23 civilians, activists say. The activists said the town of Kfar Owaid in the northwestern province of Idlib was hit with heavy machine gun fire or shells. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 23 people were killed in the area, while another activist group, the Local Coordination Committees put the death toll at 25.
The northern province of Idlib has witnessed intense clashes between Syrian troops and army defectors in the past weeks. Yesterday, security forces killed up to 70 army defectors as they were deserting their military posts in Idlib near the Turkish border, activists said.