Deir Ezzor: The Syrian army has begun pulling its units out of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor after clearing the town of armed gangs, officials say. A Syrian military official said the troops were returning to their barracks after clashes with armed gangs that had terrorized citizens and vandalized public and private property in the city, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.People of Deir Ezzor expressed their gratitude to the Syrian army units for restoring security to the city.
A Syrian human rights group said at least 17 people were killed during last week’s unrest in the eastern city.
Syria has been experiencing disturbances in the past months, with demonstrations held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
Hundreds of people, including security forces, have been killed during clashes in Syria since the beginning of the unrest in mid-March.
The Syrian opposition accuses security forces of being behind the killings, but the government blames the deadly violence on foreign-backed armed gangs.