17 Jun '11, 11pm

Deadly protests in Syria, world pressure mounts

Deadly protests in Syria, world pressure mounts

DAMASCUS - Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters Friday, killing at least 12, activists said, as international pressure swelled to toughen sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's regime. France urged tougher EU sanctions against Syria while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed UN action with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Rights activists said protests broke out after the main weekly Muslim prayers as the army pressed its campaign against northern towns and the number of refugees fleeing across the border into Turkey neared 10,000. A senior US administration official put the toll at around 19 dead. The United States is weighing whether war crimes charges can be brought against Syria to pressure its regime to an end to a bloody crackdown on dissent, the official said. Other measures, including sanctions targeting the country's oil and gas sect...

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