4 shot dead at Syrian funeral

2012-04-14 16:00
Beirut - Syrian security forces killed four civilians on Saturday as they opened fire at a funeral procession in the northern city of Aleppo, on the third day of a UN-backed ceasefire, a monitoring group said.

The civilians were shot dead in Izaa neighbourhood as they took part in the funeral of a demonstrator killed the day before, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

State media blamed "terrorists" for the shooting, accusing the gunmen of trying to undermine the ceasefire.

"Terrorist groups are shooting indiscriminately in Izaa neighbourhood," where a funeral procession is underway, state television said.

"The (gunmen) are striving to sabotage the Annan plan," it said of the truce brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

State television also broadcast rare footage of youths burning tyres and hurling stones in Izaa neighbourhood while its reporter said that anti-regime gunmen had fanned out in the area.

The opposition had called on Syrians to protest, taking advantage of the ceasefire brokered by Annan, which entered into force on Thursday.

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