Clashes Kill 11 Syrian Soldiers

By Salon Staff

Published January 8, 2012 2:45PM (EST)

aBEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say 11 soldiers and several civilians have died in clashes and attacks.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting between government troops and military defectors in the town of Basr al-Harir in southern Daraa province Sunday killed 11 soldiers and wounded more than 20.

The Observatory and other activist networks reported several civilians killed in government raids in the central Homs region and eastern Deir el-Zour province. The number of civilians killed was not immediatley clear and the reports could not be independently confirmed as Syria has barred most foreign journalists from the country.

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