Syrian forces kill protester in Deraa, residents say

March 20, 2011 17:09

DAMASCUS - Syrian security forces killed a protester in the southern city of Deraa on Sunday, residents said, as the authorities tried to contain three days of protests demanding freedoms and the release of political prisoners.

Raed al-Kerad was shot dead in the new part of Deraa, where gunfire is still being heard, residents said. He is the fifth civilian killed by security forces since protests against Syria's ruling elite erupted in Deraa on Friday.

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