At least eleven people were killed when military forces stormed a small town near Damascus, Syria in response to protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Four tanks and a bulldozer entered Kanaker on July 27, 2001, while fourteen other tanks surrounded the town. The raid took place after electricity and phone lines were cut off in the area.
Intelligence agents arrested 300 individuals in Kanaker and took them away in buses. According to some human rights groups, more than 1,600 civilians have lost their lives, and 20,000 civilians have been imprisoned by Syrian security forces since March.
Via Impunity Watch.