Rights group: Death toll in Syria attacks rise to 63

By REUTERS
June 4, 2011 04:41

 
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BEIRUT - Syrian forces killed at least 63 civilians in attacks to crush pro-democracy demonstrations on Friday, the Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said on Saturday.

The organization said 53 demonstrators were killed in the city of Hama, one in Damascus and two in the northwestern province of Idlib. Seven people were also killed in the town of Rastan in central Syria, which has been under a military assault and a siege by tanks since Sunday.

Sawasiah is founded by prominent human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, who was freed this week after spending a year as a political prisoner.

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