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Syrian forces seal off Banias, sectarian tension mounts

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By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

AMMAN, April 11 (Reuters) - Syrian security forces sealed off the coastal city of Banias overnight following sectarian killings by irregulars loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, witnesses said on Monday.

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