Activists: Syrian forces kill man at Hama checkpoint

April 12, 2012 14:47


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BEIRUT - Syrian security forces shot dead a man at a checkpoint in the central province of Hama on Thursday, activists said, six hours after a ceasefire brokered by international peace envoy Kofi Annan came into force.

They said Mahdi Ibrahim al-Ahmad, from the town of Safsafeh, had been wanted by security forces who shot him at around noon (0900 GMT) after he refused to stop at a checkpoint.

Ahmad was the first reported fatality since the ceasefire took effect. Activists said Syrian forces across the country were holding their fire after weeks of heavy bombardment against opposition centers.

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