‘At least 53’ killed in Syria protests

2011-06-04 09:46

Nicosia, Cypus – At least 53 people were killed during yesterday’s demonstrations in Syria, all but five of them in the central city of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It said security forces shot dead 48 people in Hama, where a crowd of more than 50 000 gathered for the biggest rally in the city since the mid-March outbreak across Syria of a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

In the Homs region, which like Hama is located north of Damascus, two people were killed in the city itself and another two in the town of Rastan, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the London-based Observatory.

He said one person was also killed in Idleb, northwest Syria. 

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