Activists: Rebellion within Syrian security forces behind the killings


Syrian State television cited reported that 120 security forces were killed, including 82 in Jisr Al-Shugur. In addition, it said, dozens of civilians were wounded.

The station said the security forces were killed in several attacks including an ambush by “armed gangs” in the city, when government buildings were set afire, and in clashes at a security center.

“The armed attacks targeted public and private buildings in various regions and lately there were similar attacks in Jisr Al-Shugur,” Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim al-Chaar said in a short statement on state television.

But activists said the clashes took place when security forces defected, refusing to follow orders to storm Jisr Al-Shugur.

Al Arabiya TV reported that an activist told AFP in Nicosia on the phone that an explosion was heard at the headquarters of Syrian security forces in Jisr Al-Shugur followed by gunfire and it appeared that it was the result of a rebellion within the forces.

The activist said that several members of the security forces who refused to shoot at the protesters were shot and killed by those members loyal to the regime .

The Syrian government has restricted access to the country by members of the international news media and reliable information has been hard to get