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Syria rights group: At least 400 civilians killed in crackdown on protesters

Human rights group Sawasiah calls on the UN to start proceedings against Syrian officials in the International Criminal Court; meanwhile in Daraa, residents report gunfire and say dead bodies still lay in the streets.

HAARETZ.com

April 26, 2011 | 8:53 am

Demonstrations in Damascus, Syria (April 8)

Demonstrations in Damascus, Syria (April 8)

Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 400 civilians in their campaign to crush month-long pro-democracy protests, the Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said on Tuesday.

The group, founded by jailed human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, said the United Nations Security Council must convene to start proceedings against Syrian officials in the International Criminal Court and “reign in the security apparatus”.

“This savage behavior, which is aimed at keeping the ruling clique in power at the expense of a rising number of civilian lives, calls for immediate international action beyond condemnations,” Sawasiah said in a statement sent to Reuters.

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