Syrian forces kill 12 in anti-Assad protests

By REUTERS
September 16, 2011 17:30

 
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AMMAN - Syrian forces shot dead 12 people on Friday and deployed heavily across rural areas around Damascus to try to thwart protests against President Bashar Assad, which have shaken the country for six months.

Despite the deployment, activists reported demonstrations on the outer edges of the capital, the northern province of Idlib bordering Turkey and other parts of Syria, waving banners declaring they were "on course to bring down the regime."

After storming several cities in August to crush protest centers, the Syrian army has swept through rural districts in recent weeks, hunting down activists and army defectors, carrying out widespread arrests and killing dozens of people.

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