Razan Zeitounia, a human rights activist in Damascus, said electricity, water and mobile phone services were cut. Security agents armed with guns and knives conducted house-to-house sweeps, neighborhoods were sectioned off and checkpoints were erected before the sun rose.
11 people were reported killed and 14 more were wounded.
Video and stills shot by activists show tanks rolling through streets and grassy fields with soldiers on foot jogging behind them.
"Thousands of soldiers backed by tanks and snipers moved in before dawn and went house-to-house rounding up suspected protesters," a witness told GS reporters by telephone.
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