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100s injured as police opens fire in Syria: reports

More than 100 people were wounded as Syrian security forces fired live bullets and tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in the town of Daraa on Sunday, a human rights activist at the scene said.

world Updated: Mar 20, 2011 20:09 IST

More than 100 people were wounded as Syrian security forces fired live bullets and tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in the town of Daraa on Sunday, a human rights activist at the scene said.

"The security forces backed by police fired live rounds at the demonstrators, numbering more than 10,000," the witness told AFP by telephone.

"They are also firing tear gas mixed with toxic products." He said tensions in Daraa, where rights groups said four demonstrators were killed in clashes with security forces on Friday, had turned the southern town into a "volcano."

The latest casualties were being evacuated to the town's Omari mosque, which has turned into a "field hospital," the activist said, declining to be named.