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Syrian army kills 26 as outcry grows

The Syrian army killed at least 26 civilians on Saturday, including 17 in the flashpoint southern city of Daraa, while three soldiers died in clashes in northern Syria, a monitoring group said.

world Updated: Jun 10, 2012 01:28 IST

The Syrian army killed at least 26 civilians on Saturday, including 17 in the flashpoint southern city of Daraa, while three soldiers died in clashes in northern Syria, a monitoring group said.

Nine women and three children were among the 17 killed in a pre-dawn bombardment of a residential neighbourhood of Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Also in Daraa province, security forces opened fire in a raid on the village of Abtaa, wounding a number of people and making nine arrests, according to the Observatory.

In Homs city, government forces pounded rebel-held districts, killing six people, the watchdog said.