Syrian troops fire on funeral in east: Activists

Some 7,000 people calling for the downfall of Syrian President took part in the funeral procession.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2011, 15:41 PM IST

Beirut: Activists say Syrian government troops have fired live ammunition to disperse mourners gathered for the funeral of an activist in the country`s east.

There was no immediate word on casualties from Sunday`s shooting in the city of Deir el-Zour.

The activist, Ziad al-Obeidi, was shot dead on Saturday. He worked for the British-based Observatory for Human Rights in Syria and had been in hiding since troops stormed the city two months ago.

Observatory director Rami Abdul-Rahman said some 7,000 people calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad took part in Sunday`s funeral procession.

Abdul-Rahman and other activists said security forces also stormed areas near the capital Damascus and were carrying out house-to-house arrests as part of efforts to suppress the resilient anti-government uprising.

Bureau Report