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Syrian troops push towards second rebel town

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The Syrian army is reported to be on the move towards another northern town where anti-government protests have taken place.

This after arresting hundreds of people near the flashpoint town of Jisr al-Shughour, which was retaken by the military on Sunday.

Witnesses say the town of Maarat al-Numaan is now the army’s target, as it pushes on with tanks and helicopters.

Pictures on Syrian state TV purport to show weapons and what soldiers claim to be bomb making material found in Jisr al-Shughour.

Residents who have fled the region into Turkey refute military claims that protesters attacked soldiers and police. They maintain there was a mutiny among the security forces, with the army killing officers who tried to protect civilians.

More than 8,500 Syrians have sought shelter across the border with Turkey where make-shift refugee camps have been set up.

Syrian rights groups say at least 1,300 civilians have been killed since the start of a popular uprising in March.