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Syria death toll rises to four

world Updated: Apr 25, 2011 00:51 IST

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Syrian security forces shot dead four people and wounded several others on Sunday in the Mediterranean town of Jableh, a human rights activist said.

The activist, updating an earlier toll of one dead, said the security forces ringed the town and started to open fire after a visit by a new regional governor who met local dignitaries in the mosque. In the wake of the killings, about 3,000 residents of nearby Banias held a sit-in protest blocking the main road which links the port city of Latakia to Damascus.

120 dead in two days

Damascus: Security forces raided homes across Syria, arresting regime opponents, as funerals were held on Sunday for protesters and mourners killed in a bloody crackdown which activists said cost 120 lives.

Students, meanwhile, called for a strike and two MPs resigned after more bloodshed on Saturday when Syrians swarmed the streets to bury scores of demonstrators killed.

It issued an updated list of names of 95 people it said were killed on Friday in massive protests which swept across Syria. The death toll for Saturday has risen to 25 people killed by gunfire, it said.

Most were killed in the southern protest hub region of Daraa and in and around Damascus, during funerals of people killed on Friday. Human Rights Watch urged the United Nations to probe the “carnage” from the massive “Good Friday” demonstrations and called for sanctions to be slapped on Syrian officials responsible for the killings.

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