The Facebook group, The Syrian Revolution 2011, which boasts more than 140,000 followers and which has emerged as the organizing force behind the demonstrations that have been demanding “freedom” in Syria reported that 5 officers split from the Fourth Armored Division headed by Maher Assad which is attacking Daraa and fire rendered four army tanks inoperative.
The death toll in Daraa the flashpoint of the Syrian uprising has reached 25 , Ya Libnan reported earlier.
This is a Breaking news , more to follow on developments in Daraa.
Update: Syrian government news agency SANA reported that the army entered Daraa to prevent the declaration of a Salafist Emirate in the city. The army is now in full control of the center of the city and the Omari mosque
Syria has been blaming foreigners for the uprising.
There was no way to obtain independent confirmation on the claim by the Syrian government . Syrian authorities have banned international and Arab journalists from entering Syria, with the government blaming the unrest on what it calls conspirators.
Update: Syrian security forces shot and wounded some army troops who were rushed to hospitals in Daraa for treatment.