April 27, 2011 / 10:00 AM / 8 years ago

Tank convoy seen moving around Damascus-witness

AMMAN, April 27 (Reuters) - A convoy of at least 30 Syrian army tanks was seen moving on tank carriers on the Damascus circular highway on Wednesday, a witness told Reuters.

The tanks were coming from the southwest of Damascus near the Golan Heights frontier with Israel and passed on the highway at about 0500 GMT, the witness said.

They were heading in the direction leading to the northern suburb of Douma and to the southern city of Deraa, where President Bashar al-Assad sent forces to crush a peaceful protests against his autocratic rule.

Republican Guards units are based all around Damascus. Another mechanised division is stationed 20-30 kilometres southwest of the capital, in charge of defending the occupied Golan Heights frontier with Israel, which has been quiet since a 1974 ceasefire brokered by the United States. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis)

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