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New massacre fears as Syria army batters Banias

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 ObThe Syrian army bombarded Sunni areas of Banias on Friday as heavy gunfire rocked the northwestern city, a watchdog said, raising fears of a new massacre. "Some neighbourhoods in southern Banias are being bombarded by regular troops and soldiers manning checkpoints in the area have opened up with fire," said the Britain-based watchdog.