Activists: Syrian forces shoot three during UN visit

August 22, 2011 18:49

BEIRUT - Syrian forces shot dead three people in Homs on Monday as crowds welcomed a UN humanitarian team, activists said, and the United Nations said the death toll from President Bashar Assad's crackdown on protests had reached 2,200.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces and loyalist gunmen known as "shabiha" opened fire on hundreds of people who had taken to the streets of Homs to greet the UN team, which has been granted access to assess humanitarian needs after five months of protest and repression.Video footage broadcast on Al Jazeera television showed a crowd of people thronging around a car, chanting "The people want the overthrow of the regime" and holding signs saying "SOS" and "We will never give up until we get our freedom".

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