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Six killed amid clashes in Syria

Six people, including two women and two children, have been killed in fighting between rebels and regime forces in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, activist groups said.

The violence in Daraa, birthplace of the country's 18-month-old uprising, was reported by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Co-ordination Committees.

The fighting comes on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, a major Muslim holiday which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The two groups reported fighting across much of the rest of the country, including the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, and the northern city of Aleppo, with scores killed or wounded.

The reports could not be independently confirmed. Anti-regime activists say the violence in Syria has killed some 20,000 people since the uprising began in March 2011.

Meanwhile, Jordan has sternly criticised Syria for artillery shelling on its northern border which injured a Jordanian girl and panicked other civilians.

Spokesman Sameeh Maaytah said the government summoned the Syrian ambassador in Amman to hand him a letter of protest. Amman is awaiting a formal response from Syria, which has yet to comment.

Four shells landed in Jordan on Sunday during clashes between the Syrian military and rebel forces on the Syrian side of the border.

Mr Maaytah said Jordan had protested over what took place and "will ensure this does not happen again".

The shelling led to four other Jordanians being taken to hospital suffering from panic attacks. The wounded girl was said to be in a fair condition.

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