Syrian troops Friday bombarded Sunni areas of the Mediterranean city of Banias, a monitoring group said, warning of a new "massacre," as Washington said for the first time it was looking at arming rebels.
Men throw stones at riot police during clashes in the Mediterranean coastal town of Banias, on May 27, 2011. The army has bombarded Sunni areas of Banias in northwestern Syria, as heavy gunfire rocked southern parts of the city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The opposition National Coalition denounced a "large-scale massacre" by troops and militiamen on Thursday in a Sunni village near Banias, a new front in Syria's war, citing witness reports of civilians being stabbed to death.
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