Syrian rights activists say army units have swept through the capital, Damascus, and detained scores of people.
Rights groups say the arrests took place late Saturday. The French news agency quotes activists who say government troops set up roadblocks on routes into the Qabun district and deployed in front of mosques with automatic rifles.
Homs has been a focal point in protests against President Bashar al-Assad and the government’s crackdown on dissent.
A state-run media report quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying “criminals” ripped up a section of track, causing the derailment and a fire that killed the train’s driver and injured a number of passengers.
About 480 people were on board the train, which was heading from the northeastern city of Aleppo to Damascus.
Rights groups say Syrian forces have killed at least 1,600 civilians during the government’s crackdown on dissent, while the government has blamed much of the violence on terrorists and Islamists who it says have killed hundreds of security personnel.
It is hard to verify accounts of the violence in Syria because its government has barred most foreign media from reporting and traveling freely in the country.
- Syrian Activists Report Intense Gunfire in Homs (censorshipinamerica.com)
- Syrian Train Derails as Death Toll from Govt Violence Climbs (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- At Least 32 Killed in Syrian Protests Against Regime (censorshipinamerica.com)
- Syrian Protests Ripple Across Nation Despite Crackdown (censorshipinamerica.com)
- Syria Blames ‘Saboteurs’ for Deadly Derailment – Voice of America (news.google.com)
- UN alert to Syrian regime’s crimes – The Australian (news.google.com)
- Syria blames protest movement for derailed train (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Nationwide: (brothersjuddblog.com)
- Syrian forces seizes ‘men and weapons’ in Homs – AFP (news.google.com)
- Activists: General strikes observed across Syria – Ha’aretz (news.google.com)