Assad's forces kill 6 in Damascus suburb

AMMAN  - Syrian police killed at least sixcivilians early on Tuesday in an assault on the eastern Damascussuburb of Erbin, residents said, as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad'sforces intensify attacks on urban centers defying his rule.

"People marched after the nightly Ramadan prayers. Securitycars and pick-up trucks with machine-guns mounted on their bedsentered Erbin around midnight and assembled at the mainroundabout before branching out in the streets and firing at neighborhoods," a resident told Reuters by phone.

An activist in the suburb said: "Tens of people are wounded.Six are dead, of whom three have been identified."