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'Death toll in Syria attacks rise to 63'

Syrian forces killed at least 63 civilians in attacks to crush pro-democracy demonstrations on Friday, the Syrian human rights organisation Sawasiah said on Saturday.

world Updated: Jun 05, 2011 11:15 IST

Syrian forces killed at least 63 civilians in attacks to crush pro-democracy demonstrations on Friday, the Syrian human rights organisation Sawasiah said on Saturday.

The organisation said 53 demonstrators were killed in the city of Hama, on in Damascus and two in the northwestern province of Idlib. Seven people were also killed in the town of Rastan in central Syria, which has been under a military assault and a siege by tanks since Sunday.

Sawasiah is founded by prominent human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, who was freed this week after spending a year as a political prisoner.