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At least 15 reported killed in Syria, among them 3 youths

Witnesses: Syrian police kill anti-Assad protesters in Damascus, Homs, Kiswa; state TV says gunmen fired at security forces; thousands take to streets chanting "Tell the world Bashar is without legitimacy."

By REUTERS AND JPOST.COM STAFF

June 24, 2011 | 10:28 am

At least 15 people were reported killed in Syria on Friday in protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime, Al Arabiya said.

Earlier, residents told Reuters that security forces shot dead three protesters in the central Syrian city of Homs, and at least three youths in the main district of Barzeh in Damascus when they fired at a protest demanding the Assad’s overthrow. Other deaths were reported in towns near the capital.

“The ‘amn’ (security police) first used teargas then they started shooting from rooftops when shoutings against Assad continued. Three youths were killed and I saw two bodies shot in the head and the chest,” a resident of Barzeh who gave his name as Hussam said by phone.

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