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Activists: 40 killed this week in north Syria town

- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 28, 2012

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists on Wednesday urged international humanitarian organizations to go urgently to the northern Syrian town of Saraqeb, where they said security forces had killed more than 40 people in the past four days.

The Local Coordination Committees network said there are many unidentified corpses and injured people in the streets of Saraqeb.

They said the Syrian army had launched a massive military assault on the opposition town on Sunday, leaving a trail of death and destruction.

The Local Coordination Committees and another activist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that hundreds of homes and shops had been pillaged and burned. Video footage from Saraqeb appeared to back those claims.

Activist Fadi al-Yassin in the northern province of Idlib said the army now completely controls of the town.

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