Syria Uses Tanks Against Protesters

At least five people have reportedly been killed after Syrian tanks rolled into a border city believed to be the center of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Tanks and soldiers swept into the city of Daraa early Monday as al-Assad continued to ignore calls to stop the use of violence in quelling a month-long uprising against the 11-year-old regime. A witness told Reuters that he saw around eight tanks and two armored vehicles enter the city. The witness said he saw at least two bodies on the streets.

Monday’s assault of Daraa, where peaceful protests started on March 18, was condemned by the United Nations, and the United States, which is now considering sanctions against Syrian officials. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Syria must stop the violent crackdown, which has already cost the lives of some 350 civilians, according to several rights groups.

The recent deaths came just several days since al-Assad lifted a 48-year state of emergency in the country.