25 Mar '11, 4pm

17 killed in attack on south Syria demo: DAMASCUS - A TOTAL of 17 people were killed on Friday when a demonstrat...

DAMASCUS - A TOTAL of 17 people were killed on Friday when a demonstration headed to the Syrian protest city of Daraa was raked by gunfire, a human rights activist said. 'Seventeen protesters were killed in a shooting in the village of Sanamen as they were headed toward Daraa,' a tribal town 100km south of Damascus, he told AFP, requesting anonymity. The news could not be confirmed by independent sources or hospitals in the area. The Daraa-based activist said security forces on Friday also opened fire on protesters who gathered near the home in Daraa of the town governor, who was fired from the post earlier this week. Activists have accused security forces of killing more than 100 people on Wednesday alone in the town, which is home to some 75,000 people. Journalists on Friday were asked to leave Daraa, a tribal town near the Syrian-Jordanian border, shortly before the fun...

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