Syria death toll rises to 24: Rights group
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 08:49
  
Nicosia: Syrian security forces opened fire on civilians in several protest flashpoints, killing at least 24 people including four children, a rights group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 civilians were killed in Homs and one outside the central city, while five died near Damascus, two in Daraa, cradle of anti-regime protests since March, four in the restive city of Hama and two in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The opposition Syrian National Council had earlier yesterday warned of the dangers of a "massacre" in Homs, which activists say has been surrounded by government forces for the past two months.

The Britain-based Observatory described the city of Homs "as the capital of martyrs" and said two children, aged 10 and 12, were among the 10 people killed there by security forces yesterday.

A 14-year boy was fatally wounded in nearby Aqrab, the report said.

Five other civilians were killed near Damascus, including one in the protest hub of Douma, the Observer said, adding that a woman and child died in Daraa while four people were killed in Hama and two others, including a 15-year-old boy, died in Maaret Noman, in Idlib province.

Pro-democracy activists had called on citizens to take to the streets in support of a "dignity strike... which will lead to the sudden death of this tyrant regime."

PTI


First Published: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 08:49


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