Activists report clashes between Syrian army units

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, people carry pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his father late President Hafez Assad as Syrian military police carry a coffin preparing to send the bodies of six killed soldiers and security force members to their hometowns for burial, at a military hospital in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The agency did not report the circumstances of their deaths but they are believed to have been victims of the ongoing civil unrest against the government. The Arabic on the coffin reads:" Martyr Yehya Haj Omar." (AP Photo/SANA) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, weapons that were confiscated by armed forces from what they say terrorist groups in the southern province of Daraa, Syria, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The Syrian armed forces said in a statement carried by state-run news agency SANA that army units continued their operations in "the city of Daraa and its countryside" chasing "extremist terrorist groups." Assad has blamed most of the unrest on a "foreign conspiracy" and armed thugs, and has used state media to push his accusations. (AP Photo/SANA) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, weapons that were confiscated by armed forces from what they say terrorist groups in the southern province of Daraa, Syria, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The Syrian armed forces said in a statement carried by state-run news agency SANA that army units continued their operations in "the city of Daraa and its countryside" chasing "extremist terrorist groups." Assad has blamed most of the unrest on a "foreign conspiracy" and armed thugs, and has used state media to push his accusations. (AP Photo/SANA) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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A witness and human rights groups say there have been clashes between Syrian army units over the crackdown on anti-government protesters in the southern city of Daraa.
Ausama Monajed, a spokesman for a group of opposition figures in Syria and abroad, said Thursday that his group has received reports of the clashes this week since President Bashar Assad sent the army into Daraa on Monday. The deployment was a clear escalation in his crackdown on the uprising.
The reports were corroborated by two witnesses and an activist who spoke to The Associated Press. They both asked that their names not be used for fear of reprisals.
The infighting is significant because Assad's army has been seen as a bastion of support for the regime.