Syria government websites hacked

2011-09-26 10:30

Damascus - Some Syrian government websites were hacked on Monday by a new opposition group, Arab media reported.

The sites were hacked by a group called the Anonymous Operation Syria, broadcaster Al Jazeera reported.

It said the homepages were replaced by an interactive map of Syria showing data of those killed in the government's crackdown since mid-March.

The UN estimates about 2 700 deaths in clashes between troops and pro-democracy protesters.

The targeted sites were based in the cities of Homs, Aleppo, Latakia, Damascus, Tartous, Deir Ezzor and Palmyra.

The hacked versions of the webpages included a link to a site advising activists on how to maintain anonymity on the internet in order to evade government tracking.

The crackdown continued on Monday with troops massing around several villages and the Douma suburb of Damascus, according to activists based in Lebanon.

The said military reinforcements had also been sent to Qusseir, a town on the border with Lebanon.

The army has been strengthening its presence in Qusseir since Saturday after civilians had attempted to flee into Lebanon. Some 5,000 Syrian refugees have fled since the uprising started.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops killed at least seven people on Sunday including Hassan Eid, the head of the surgery department at the state-run hospital in the city of Homs.

Syrian state television said Eid had been killed by "armed terrorist gangs".

It added that 10 students had been arrested in Dael city of Deraa province.