Two dead as police and protesters clash in southern Syria

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By Euronews and AFP
Protesters flee after a crackdown by police
Protesters flee after a crackdown by police   -   Copyright  AFP

A protester and a policeman were killed on Sunday in Sweida, Syria, as security forces cracked down on a rare demonstration against poor living conditions.

Hundreds of people turned out for the protest, with some throwing rocks at a government building, eventually storming it and tearing down a picture of the President, Bashar-Al-Asad.

Local media said a further four people were hospitalised. The region is home to the ethnic Druze minority, who have so far largely kept out of the country's civil war.

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