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Syria: shots against large anti-regime demonstrations, six dead


DAMASCUS - Security forces opened fire Friday on thousands of demonstrators protesting against the regime in various cities of Syria, causing at least six deaths according to militants.

  •    Two people were killed in Homs (center), one in Deir Ezzor (east), two in Daël (south) and to in Duma (15 km north of Damascus), said activists of human rights.

       The President of the Syrian Observatory of human rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, reached by telephone in London, reported for his part that an unspecified number of "victims" among the protesters in Banias (west).

       "There was heavy fire to disperse two demonstrations in Banias," he said, adding that "security forces chased the demonstrators into the streets."

       They also opened fire on the demonstrators (about 5,000) in Homs (center), he said, adding: "There were many injured or killed."

       Hundreds of protesters were also dispersed by force in Sweidat, southern city with a majority Druze, said Rahman.

    Ennaharonline/ M. O.

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