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Security forces kill seven as protests continue across Syria

Human rights group head says three killed in Maarat al-Numaan, one in Damascus in addition to three in Harasta overnight.

By News Agencies, HAARETZ service

July 8, 2011 | 10:12 am

Syrian forces shot dead seven people as protesters demonstrated against President Bashar Assad across the country on Friday, a prominent rights campaigner said.

Ammar Qurabi, Cairo-based head of the Syrian National Human Rights Organization, said three people were killed in the town of Maarat al-Numaan on the eastern edge of Idlib province, and another was killed in the central Damascus district of Midan. Three additional protesters were killed overnight in Harasta.

“There is also heavy shooting on protesters in the city of Homs and in the Damascus suburb of Saqba,” Qurabi told Reuters. He said security forces killed three Harasta residents in overnight assault on suburb.

The violence comes after three people were killed by security forces during an overnight protest in a Damascus suburb.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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