Activist says at least 49 killed in Syrian protests

BEIRUT - At least 49 people were killedin demonstrations across Syria on Friday, a prominent activistsaid, the highest death toll in a single day since protestsagainst the rule of President Bashar al-Assad erupted lastmonth.

"At least 49 people were killed. There are a lot of woundedand many people are missing. We believe there are at least 20people missing, some believe they are dead," activist AmmarQurabi said. He said most of the dead had been shot, and a fewdied after inhaling teargas.
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