Syria: Coastal city isolated as many residents arrested
Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said telephone, electricity and water supplies were cut off from the city of Banias, which has a population of 50 thousand people. Abdul Rahman added the city is isolated from the outside world. In the southern districts of the city, the center of the protest movement, snipers stationed on rooftops.
Syrian army tanks are also deployed around the southern neighborhoods of the city. Arrests took place in the past days. According to him, more than 200 people, including children in the age of 10 years have been arrested since Saturday in Banias.
In addition, security forces stormed into houses and took residents into custody in the Damascus suburb of Madamiyah, where there were reports of gunfire Monday, said Abdul-Rahman.