Assad's forces kill 3 protesters in eastern Syria

By REUTERS
March 3, 2012 16:18

 
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AMMAN - Syrian forces killed three young men in the city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday when they opened fire at a funeral for two people killed in a crackdown on expanding pro-democracy demonstrations in the desert tribal region, opposition activists said.

"The funeral was in al-Ommal neighborhood for Amira al-Salem and Omar a-Juneidi, who were killed on Friday. The mourners began chanting against Assad when the 'amin' (security police) started shooting from a hilltop," Abdallah Mahmoud, one of the activists, told Reuters from the city.

Deir al-Zor is on the Euphrates river in an oil producing province near the border with Iraq.

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