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More deaths in Syria

More deaths in Syria
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The military crackdown in Syria appears to show no signs of abating, despite a phonecall from UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, urging President Bashar al-Assad to stop using the military against civilians.

Latest reports say at least 30 people died on Sunday.

Activists say the latest victims were killed when the army moved into Deir al-Zour in the north and Houle in the east near the city of Homs

Ban Ki-moon’s phonecall to Assad is the first contact between the two men since April. Syria is facing increasing international pressure for using troops and tanks against largely peaceful civilian protests.

Human rights groups estimate that over 1600 protesters have died since the uprising began in March.