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Syrian tanks storm eastern city


Syrian forces appear to be continuing their assault on several cities, leaving a trail of dead and injured in their wake.

One amateur video claims to show a funeral procession coming under attack in the north-western town of Idlib. At least one dead body is seen lying in the streets and protestors can be heard calling for an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Some reports claim up to eight people were killed after demonstrations at evening prayers. Despite being widely condemned, President Assad has defied appeals to call off the military campaign against what Damascus portrays as an armed insurrection.

In one of the latest attacks, Syrian tanks opened fire and seized the central square of the provincial capital Deir al-Zor, allegedly killing dozens of civilians. It comes a week after tanks stormed the city of Hama, where activists say scores have died in anti-government demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Austria has suspended the delivery of bank notes to the Syrian regime, a move it hopes will add to pressure on the government to make reforms.

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