09 Jul '11, 10pm

Human rights activists slam Syria over protester deaths

DAMASCUS : Human Rights Watch on Saturday condemned Syria's "deliberate policy" of dispersing protesters with deadly force after activists said security forces killed at least 15 people in the latest protests. The deaths came on Friday as Damascus accused the US envoy to Syria of inciting violence in the city of Hama, where activists said nearly half a million people took part in a demonstration. Washington roundly denied the charge and accused the Syrian embassy in Washington of spying on demonstrators in the United States. Opposition activists reported five deaths on Friday in the central city of Homs, two in the capital's commercial neighbourhood Medan, six in the Dmeir area, east of Damascus, and two in the Maaret al-Numan area of the northwest. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces also arrested more than 200 people nationwide on Friday, more th...

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