25 Jun '11, 7pm

Syria presses crackdown, army enters border village

DAMASCUS - Four civilians were shot dead by Syrian security forces on Saturday, as tanks entered a border village with Turkey and workers there scrambled to erect a tent city anticipating a new refugee exodus. "Two civilians were killed in Kassir by gunfire from the security forces who have reinforced there since Friday" near the Lebanese border, the head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP. "The other two civilians lost their lives to security force fire during the funerals of victims killed on Friday" in Kiswah south of the capital, he said. Tens of thousands of people calling for the regime's ouster protested on Friday in response to a call by the Facebook group Syrian Revolution 2011 -- the driving force behind three months of anti-regime demonstrations. Security forces used live ammunition and tear gas against the prote...

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