At least 31 dead, among them soldiers, in Syria clashes

January 8, 2012 21:17

At least 20 civilians and 11 Syrian soldiers were killed Sunday in violent clashes throughout Syria, Al Jazeera reported.

According to opposition groups, 20 civilians were shot dead by Syrian security forces in Homs, Idlib, and northeastern Deir ez Zor.

Meanwhile, military defectors reported that 11 soldiers were killed in clashes in Deraa, according to Al Jazeera.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes broke out between military defectors and Syrian forces in the Basr Al Hariri neighborhood in Deraa, and noted that dozens of Syrian troops were injured in the exchange of fire.

The Syrian Local Coordination Committees - an organized association of anti-government activists - said that children were among the dead in Homs and Damascus, according to Al Jazeera.

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