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Syrian forces kill 34 in Hama

Syrian security forces shot dead at least 34 demonstrators in the city of Hama on Friday as they dispersed an anti-regime rally of more than 50,000 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

world Updated: Jun 04, 2011 00:37 IST

Syrian security forces shot dead at least 34 demonstrators in the city of Hama on Friday as they dispersed an anti-regime rally of more than 50,000 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It was the largest demonstration in Hama since the mid-March outbreak of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, Rami Abdel Rahman who heads the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In 1982, Hama was the scene of a brutal crackdown that left an estimated 20,000 people dead when the Muslim Brotherhood rose up against the late Hafez al-Assad, father of current president.

Thousands of demonstrators on Friday also rallied in and around Damascus, which so far has been largely spared the protests rocking Syria for more than 10 weeks, another rights activist said.