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“I have never been so scared in all my life,” said one resident of Daraa who fled late Sunday to an area some 10 miles away.

“Security men have divided Daraa into four parts … there was indiscriminate shelling yesterday, people are terrified,” the Daraa resident told the AP on Monday. “It’s like a military barracks there.”

The National Organization for Human Rights in Syria and five other rights group issued a statement Monday condemning the arbitrary arrests across Syrian provinces.