Syrian forces converge on rebellious northern town

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA and according to them, Syrian policemen carry the coffins of their comrades who were killed in recent violence in the country, during their funeral procession at the Police Hospital in Damascus, Syria on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Residents fled the northern region of Jisr al-Shughour on Tuesday where authorities said weekend clashes between armed men and government troops killed 120 security forces, fearing retaliation from a regime known for ruthlessly crushing dissent.

June 8, 2011 8:48:32 AM PDT
Thousands of elite troops led by President Bashar Assad's brother converged Wednesday on a restive northern area, and neighboring villages called to warn that the convoys of tanks were approaching, a resident and a Syrian activist said.