Britain’s Statement condemns Syria violence

Britain and other countries are preparing a joint statement condemning violence in Syria.

A draft text is being circulated at the United Nations by the UK, France, Germany and Portugal, according to Government sources.

The move comes amid growing concern over the brutal tactics being employed by the Syrian regime to quell unrest.

At least 11 people have been killed in an escalation of the crackdown.

Thousands of soldiers backed by tanks were reported to have poured into the city where the uprising began, opening fire indiscriminately on civilians.

Knife-wielding security agents did house-to-house sweeps in what activists called a campaign to intimidate protesters.

One witness said large numbers of troops arrived in the southern city of Daraa in busloads before dawn. Tanks later moved in as electricity, water and mobile phone service was cut.

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