Syrian forces relax grip on town of Banias

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10 May 2011 23:14

  • Government "passed most dangerous moment" - Assad adviser

  • U.S. and Turkey dispute Syrian accounts

  • Security forces free 300 detained in coastal city Banias

  • Four killed in Tafas in southern Syria - campaigner

(Recasts with easing of Banias siege)

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

AMMAN, May 11 (Reuters) - Syrian security forces have released 300 people detained in the coastal city of Banias and restored basic servicesy, a rights group said, within hours of the government saying the threat from protests was receding.

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