Rights group: Syrian forces kill 6 protesters

May 13, 2011 23:02

AMMAN- Syrian security forces shot dead at least six civilians during pro-democracy demonstrations in three cities on Friday, prominent rights campaigner Razan Zaitouna said.

The killings occurred in the southern city of Deraa, cradle of the two month uprising against the authoritarian rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as in the Damascus suburb of Qaboun and the central city of Homs, she said.

Another rights campaigner said security police also fired at a night demonstration in the town of Mayadeen, 40 km (40 miles) east of the town of Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria, injuring four people.

He said a security clampdown had intensified in recent days in the tribal area near the border with Iraq, where most of Syria's 380,000 barrels of oil per day are produced. Protests had erupted in several towns in the area, calling for the removal of Assad.

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