Monday, 09 April 2012 18:38
BEIRUT: Twelve members of the Syrian security forces and a civilian were killed in clashes on Monday in several regions, monitors said, a day before a truce is supposed to start taking effect.
Rebel fighters besieged a checkpoint at the village of Salamah, in Aleppo province on the border with Turkey, killing six members of the security and customs services, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
At least eight rebels who were wounded in the fighting fled across the frontier, said the Britain-based monitoring group.
Clashes were also taking place elsewhere in Aleppo province, with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shelling and storming the town of Tal Rifaat, and unleashing heavy gunfire on the village of Marea.
Two policemen were killed in clashes the neighbourhood of Sukari, in the northern city of Aleppo, the Observatory said.
But SANA state news agency gave a different version of the incident and a much higher toll.