Syrian forces kill 20 despite Assad pledge

By REUTERS
August 19, 2011 21:02

AMMAN - Syrian forces shot dead 20 protesters on Friday despite a pledge by Syrian President Bashar Assad that a crackdown was over, activists said as thousands marched across Syria, spurred on by US and European calls for him to step down.

Most of the violence was in the southern province of Deraa where the uprising against Assad erupted in March, triggering a harsh response in which UN investigators say Syrian forces may have committed crimes against humanity.


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