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Syria forces kill at least 28 in protests after Friday prayers, activists say

Anti-Assad protests hit more cities despite army crackdown; some 2,800 Syrians flee Jisr al-Shughour area into Turkey.

By Reuters via Haaretz

June 10, 2011 | 11:11 am

Syrian activists say at least 28 people have been killed in protests and army operations across Syria, half of them in the north, in a widening military crackdown on popular unrest that has sent thousands of civilians fleeing into Turkey this week.

The Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents anti-government protests in Syria, says 10 of the deaths occurred Friday in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The group says many of the casualties occurred when Syrian tanks shelled Maaret al-Numan, a town in Idlib. Syria’s state-run television says gunmen opened fire on police stations in Maaret al-Numan, causing casualties among security officials.

The Syrian army also swept in on the northwest border town of Jisr al-Shughour to seize “armed” opponents, state television said, as tens of thousands of people marched anew around Syria despite Bashar al-Assad’s increasing resort to armed repression.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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