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UN mission: 'urgent need to protect Syrian civilians'

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Syrian security forces have been accused of shooting dead two demonstrators as they came out of mosques during the most sacred night in Ramadan.

The deaths reportedly occurred in separate towns after al-Qadr prayers, the night when Muslims believe the Prophet received the Koran.

The latest amateur pictures, difficult to verify, show protesters in buoyant mood calling for President Assad’s downfall.

The United Nations said at least eight people were killed as thousands rallied around the country on Friday.

A UN humanitarian mission has visited the country – the first to be allowed into Syria since the crackdown began five months ago.

Spokesman Farhan Haq said the mission concluded that “although there is no humanitarian crisis on a national scale, there is an urgent need to protect civilians against the excessive use of force”.