Syria: `Ten killed on Hajj feast`

Security forces killed 10 civilians as anti-regime demonstrations were staged across Syria.

Updated: Nov 06, 2011, 20:37 PM IST

Nicosia: Security forces killed 10
civilians as anti-regime demonstrations were staged across
Syria on Sunday, the first day of the Muslim feast marking the end
of the hajj, a human rights group said.

It was the fourth straight day of deadly violence
since Syria agreed to an Arab peace blueprint aimed at ending
nearly eight months of bloodshed.

Eight of the civilians were killed in Homs, the
flashpoint central city where protests against Assad`s rule
were held in most districts despite a weeks-long military
crackdown.

Most of the deaths occurred in the Baba Amro
neighbourhood, where clashes have raged for days, the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement received in
Nicosia.

Security forces also shot dead a civilian in the city
of Hama, which lies further to the north, and another in Idlib
province, near the border with Turkey.

And in Talbi, a town near Homs, "four protesters were
wounded, one seriously, when the security forces fired on a
demonstration," said the Britain-based Observatory.

"Dozens of people were injured by security forces who
shot at a major demonstration in Kafruma, an area of the
province of Idlib, in the northwest of Syria," it added.

Armed forces stormed and surrounded the villages of
Zamalka and Irbin, in the province of Damascus, said the Local
Coordination Committees (LCC), an activist network spurring
protests in Syria.

PTI