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Protests and killings carry on in Syria

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Protests and killings carry on in Syria


The deaths continue in the crackdown on protesters in Syria with another twenty-five people killed on Thursday, according to activists. Fourteen of them are said to be civilians.

There are claims that three of the people killed were defectors from the army who refused to fire live ammunition at the crowds. There are also reports that an eight year old girl was one of the casualties.

UN figures show at least 60 people have been killed in Syria since the country agreed to a proposal set out by the Arab League earlier this month to ease up on protesters and free political prisoners.

The UN says 3,500 have lost their lives since the movement calling for President Bashar al-Assad to step down began seven months ago.

On Thursday, demonstrators were shot at in the capital Damascus and the city of Homs, 140 kilometres to the north.

Thousands attended funerals for 24 other people killed a day earlier in one of the bloodiest days since unrest began.

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