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AMMAN - Syrian security forces shot dead five civilians during funerals which turned into protests against President Bashar Assad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.
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Other people were killed during raids on homes in protest areas, the rights group said.
Two protesters were killed in Kiswa, 15 km (10 miles) south of Damascus, during funerals of several demonstrators who had been killed on Friday.
Three civilians were killed during house-to-house searches in the Barzeh
district of Damascus and in the town of Quseir, west of Homs city,
close to the Lebanon border, the rights group added.
"These regions have been seeing growing protests and the regime is using
force to prevent them from spreading," Rami Abdel Rahman, rights group,
Witnesses said at least 200 people were arrested in raids on homes in
Barzeh following Friday's protests as part of an escalating security
clampdown focused on regions close to the capital.
Tens of thousands of Syrians staged protests on Friday that stretched
across most of the country. At least 20 civilian protesters were killed
by security forces using live ammunition, the Local Coordination
Committees, an activist group, said.
Syria has barred most international journalists from entering the
country, making it difficult to verify accounts from activists and