Syrian forces fire on Kurdish funeral, two dead

October 8, 2011 22:32


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BEIRUT - Syrian security forces killed at least two people when they opened fire on tens of thousands of mourners on Saturday at the funeral of a Kurdish opposition figure, activists said.

The funeral of Meshaal al-Tammo in the eastern Syrian city of Qamishli turned into a protest against President Bashar Assad, with mourners chanting anti-Assad slogans and calling on him to step down.

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least two people were killed and three wounded when the funeral came under fire. It said at least 50,000 people had turned out for the funeral.

Security forces also opened fire on a funeral procession for three people who were killed on Friday in the Damascus suburb of Douma, killing one mourner and wounding 10, the group said.

At least eight people were killed in anti-Assad protests after Friday prayers.

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