Syrian masses protest 311.
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AMMAN - Syrian forces have killed 31 civilians since Saturday during
demonstrations in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour demanding
the removal of President Bashar Assad, residents said on Sunday.
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killings began when snipers deployed on the roof of the main post
office fired volleys of bullets at a funeral for six protesters who were
killed on Friday, when a large protest demanding democracy came under
fire, they said.
the last 24 hours at least 31 people have been shot dead, among them
eight mourners at the funeral," said one of the residents, a history
teacher who gave his name as Ahmad.
He said angry mourners torched part of the post office after the shooting.
The official Syrian news agency said "armed terrorist groups" killed
four policemen in the town, attacked public buildings and "spread terror
in the heart of citizens who called on the authorities to intervene
forcefully to protect them".
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 31 civilians and four
police were killed. Ammar Qurabi, head of the Syrian Human Rights
Organisation, said security forces killed at least 20 civilians.
"The killings in Jisr al-Shughour are an act of revenge by the state for
the Friday protests and another attempt to silence a Syrian town
through the use of violence," Qurabi said.