13 killed in Syria attacks; 5,000 dead so far in crackdowns

By REUTERS
December 14, 2011 17:51

 
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BEIRUT - Thirteen people were killed in Syria's Hama province on Wednesday when troops fired on a car and provoked a reprisal ambush, activists said, the latest bloodshed in a nine-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

The British-based Syrian Organization for Human Rights said army deserters ambushed a convoy of four military jeeps, killing eight soldiers, in response to the army attack on a car which killed five people.

The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have died in Assad's crackdown on protests that erupted in the southern city of Deraa in March, inspired by Arab uprisings elsewhere.

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