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'400 killed in Syrian revolt'

A Syrian rights group on Tuesday called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to halt a deadly crackdown on pro-reform protests that have left 400 people dead since mid-March.

world Updated: Apr 27, 2011 02:14 IST

A Syrian rights group on Tuesday called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to halt a deadly crackdown on pro-reform protests that have left 400 people dead since mid-March.

"Syrian security forces fired on unarmed protesters killing 400 people at least since the revolution was launched in March," the Syrian Human Rights Organisation (Swasiah) said in a statement. "This barbaric behaviour is aimed at keeping the regime in place at the expense of civilians who are killed. This calls for immediate international action to sanction the assassins."

"The Security Council must convene rapidly to stop the bloodshed and prevent security services from continuing to kill civilians in violation of human rights," said the statement.

The statement came as a deadly crackdown on the town of Daraa entered its second day, despite President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday signing decrees scrapping repressive emergency rule.

Diplomats said on Monday that Britain, France, Germany and Portugal are seeking a UN Security Council condemnation of the killings.