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Syrians flee bloody unrest


Huge crowds in Syria have been attending the funerals of some of the pro-democracy protesters killed in the regime’s crackdown on unrest, according to pictures posted on the internet.

More images, again impossible to verify as foreign media have been banned from the country, are believed to have been taken in Deraa on Friday.

They show government tanks and troops apparently firing down the street.

And there have been reports of more opposition figures being arrested.

With the death toll from a month of protests now said to be at 560, some have been trying to flee, crossing into Turkey at Hatay.

Turkish authorities gave permission for around 500 people to enter the country and put them up in a local sports hall after carrying out security checks.

But with many more expected, the Red Crescent has begun erecting tents in what could become a large refugee camp.

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