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Dozens detained by Syrian troops

Government troops have detained dozens of people overnight after cutting electricity in a Damascus neighbourhood, a Syrian rights group said.

The group said the raids took place in the predominantly Kurdish neighbourhood of Rukneddine.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said a bullet killed a man in north-western Idlib province as he stood on his balcony. Troops were carrying out raids in the area at the time.

President Bashar Assad has dramatically escalated the crackdown on a five-month uprising since the start of the holy month of Ramadan at the beginning of August.

Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands detained.


From Belfast Telegraph