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One shot dead in Syria procession

Activists said Syrian security forces have opened fire on a funeral procession in Damascus, killing at least one person.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Co-ordination Committees, an opposition group, said at least five people were also wounded on Saturday in the central neighbourhood of Midan during the funeral of a teenager killed a day earlier.

On Friday, security forces opened fire at protesters in different parts of Syria killing at least 11.

The uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in mid-March amid a wave of anti-government protests in the Arab world that toppled autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Assad retaliated with a crackdown that according to the UN has left more than 3,000 dead.


From Belfast Telegraph