Sryia arrests more than 20 over unrest, rights group says

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April 2, 2011 14:55

 
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BEIRUT - Syrian security forces arrested more than 20 people, a rights group said on Saturday, after thousands marched in pro-democracy protests in unrest that has posed the gravest challenge to President Bashar Assad's rule.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights named 21 people who had been rounded up by Syrian security in the southern city of Deraa, where the unrest first flared two weeks ago, and in Homs to the north of the capital.

"It is assumed their arrests are as a result of the last protests," the rights group said in a statement.

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