After a 10-day massacre, the Syrian government has withdrawn tanks from Daraa—and Syrian activists are already preparing to head back onto the streets Friday for a “day of defiance.” The withdrawal of the tanks does not mean the day will not be violent: Security forces are reported to be gathering in other cities, including Baniyas, which has been the site of previous demonstrations. Armored personnel carriers and tanks have been seen near Baniyas, causing some residents to fear a siege like the one in Daraa. More than 500 Syrians have died during the crackdown over the last seven weeks.
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