Activists say 20 people killed in central Syria

Rights groups say more than 1000 have been killed so far in the crackdown.

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2011, 18:50 PM IST

Beirut: Two rights activists say the bodies of 20 people shot dead in a central Syrian town have been brought to a hospital in the region.

The activists say the bodies were brought to the central city of Homs on Wednesday.

The activists say the people were shot dead on Tuesday night in the town of Rastan, which has seen a major military clampdown on opponents of President Bashar Assad in the past few days.

The deaths shot up to 36 the number of people killed in Rastan and the nearby towns of Talbiseh and Teir Maaleh since Saturday. The activists spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of government reprisals.

Rights groups say more than 1,000 people have been killed in the regime`s crackdown on a 10-week uprising against Assad`s regime.

Bureau Report