At least 66 killed across Syria - activists

2012-01-29 23:06

Nicosia - At least 66 people, including 26 civilians, were killed in violence across Syria on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The London-based rights group said 26 soldiers, five other members of the security forces, nine army deserters were also among those killed as the regime cracked down on protesters and rebels.

Security forces killed eight people, including a nine-year-old child, in the restive Homs region of central Syria, and shot dead another five in the northwestern region of Idlib, the Observatory said.

It said four civilians were killed in and around Hama, also in the centre of the country, and two in the Jassem area of Daraa, southern Syria.

Also among those killed were six civilians caught up in military operations and clashes in the Damascus area, the activists said in statements received in Nicosia, and one person was shot dead in the Juber district of the capital itself.

The watchdog said the regime soldiers were killed in three separate attacks in the Idlib and Damascus regions.

Earlier, it reported fierce clashes between regime troops and deserters in the Ghuta area near the capital. Government forces were backed by 32 tanks and 50 armoured cars, it added.

Firefights between regime forces and deserters in Ghuta, 10km from Damascus, on Saturday killed 17 people -- 11 soldiers and six civilians, the Observatory said.

  • Pawel - 2012-01-30 04:33

    let them all kill themselves, then we will have peace...

      Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-30 05:54

      The same situation is brewing on your doorstep. Be careful what you wish for you insensitive prick.

  • Derek - 2012-01-30 06:57

    What they neglect to tell you is that it's the "activists" that are doing most of the killing.

      Anthony - 2012-01-30 07:26

      @Derek, You must not talk rubbish. Most of the deaths in Syria ,are unarmed demonstrators, killed by assad scum snipers. EVERY SINGLE DAY , tens of thousands of Syrians go onto the streets , throughout Syria, and demand the end of 40 years of assad TERROR. Offcourse , there are also some very brave Syrians, who have taken up arms to fight these assad THUGS. Watch some TV News, watch some You Tube footage, and you will see what's happenning in Syria. Its a disgrace, SA does not want to support an UN resolution, for support off the suppressed Even the Arab League shows more back bone!!! And to hell with Russsia, who prefers to protect their interests in Syria, rather than protect the Syrian population

  • Tc - 2012-01-30 07:46

    What's the issue? That is about the number of violent deaths per day in South Africa. We have been having that in South africa for years and nobody says a word about that. So what's the noise about?

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