Syrian forces kill 14 as anti-regime demos spread
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Last Updated: Friday, September 02, 2011, 22:19
Damascus: Syrian forces killed 14 people on Friday, activists said as protesters piled pressure on the regime to quit while the EU tightened the noose on Damascus by slapping it with an oil embargo.

Activists reported "huge demonstrations" after weekly Muslim prayers in response to calls from an Internet group that urged rallies against President Bashar al-Assad's regime under the banner "death rather than humiliation".

France also announced plans to further isolate Assad, saying it would boost contacts with the opposition, echoing calls from Spain for international support for the opponents of the embattled president.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight people were killed when security forces intervened to disperse protests in several suburbs of Damascus including Douma and Erbeen.

Three other people died in rebellious Homs province and three in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, said the Britain-based Observatory which earlier reported that a 16-year-old girl was killed in Erbeen and a civilian in Talbisseh, in the province of Homs.

Several people were also reportedly wounded, some in critical condition, when security forces opened fire on the protesters, activists said.

Syrian state television reported, meanwhile, that security forces killed two armed men after coming under attack in Talbisseh.

The official SANA news agency said three members of the security forces were killed "by armed terrorist groups who attacked them in Talbisseh, Erbeen and Hammuriyeh (also a Damascus suburb)."

The agency also reported four assailants were killed in the confrontations.


First Published: Friday, September 02, 2011, 12:42

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