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Seven killed, 150 arrested in Syria: Activists

Syrian security forces killed seven people, including a woman who died under torture, and arrested more than 150 others over the past 24 hours in a Damascus suburb, activists said today.

world Updated: Aug 28, 2011 20:58 IST

Syrian security forces killed seven people, including a woman who died under torture, and arrested more than 150 others over the past 24 hours in a Damascus suburb, activists said today.

Four people were killed in the protest hub of Homs in central Syria and two demonstrators were killed in Talbisseh, north of the city, by security forces today, said the Local Coordination Committees which groups activists on the ground. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that a 28-year-old woman who was arrested a week ago died under torture in the city of Khan Shehoun today.

In Palymra, 245 kilometres (152 miles) east of Damascus, one person who was wounded at a funeral a fortnight ago also died. Military and security forces arrested 27 people in the Harasta suburb of Damascus Wednesday morning, after sealing off the district and arresting 120 people the previous day, the Observatory added.

The industrial district, 10 kilometres (six miles) northeast of Damascus, has been the scene of protests since anti-regime protests broke out in mid-March. Rallies erupted last night in Douma and Daraya in the southwest, and around the capital in Kanaker, Zabadani, Madaya and Kisweh, witnesses said. European nations and the United States pressed Wednesday for UN sanctions against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his entourage for their deadly crackdown on opposition protests.