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Syrian troops fire during protests; seven killed

Syrian security forces killed at least seven people on Friday after thousands of protesters took to the streets, charging that President Bashar Assad never intended to abide by an Arab League plan to end violence, activists said.

world Updated: Nov 04, 2011 23:01 IST

Syrian security forces killed at least seven people on Friday after thousands of protesters took to the streets, charging that President Bashar Assad never intended to abide by an Arab League plan to end violence, activists said.

The bloodshed was a blow to the 22-nation Arab League, which announced on Wednesday that Damascus agreed to a broad plan that included an end to violence against demonstrators.

Opposition groups called for a large turnout in Friday’s protests to test whether the regime would in fact refrain from using deadly force. Gunfire erupted shortly after the protests began, in the same pattern as previous Fridays for months.

“This regime is not serious about ending its brutal crackdown,” said Mustafa Osso, a Syria-based human rights lawyer. “Today was a real test for the intentions of the regime and the answer is clear to everyone who wants to see,”

Thousands of protesters braved cold and rainy weather to stage anti-Assad demonstrations.