DAMASCUS, April 29 (Xinhua) -- An armed thug attacked on Friday a military site in the southern Syrian town of Daraa, killing four soldiers and kidnapping two others, state SANA news agency quoted an official as saying.
The official said that the authorities were chasing armed gangs in Daraa, 100 km south to Damascus, to restore security and stability in the town.
Syrian army units including tanks and armored vehicles have been deployed around Daraa since early Monday. The town has witnessed violent clashes between protesters and security forces, which caused the death of hundreds during the last six weeks.
Earlier in the day, thousands of Syrians took to the streets in the cities of Homs, Hama, Qamishli, Banias, and some suburbs of the capital Damascus, calling for lifting the siege on Daraa in what activist dubbed "the Friday of anger," according pan-Arab Al- Jazeera TV.
Syrian authorities, however, denied such reports, saying Syrian cities were witnessing normal life.
Syria has accused "armed thugs" backed by "foreign powers" of standing behind the country's six-week turmoil.