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Syrian security forces backed by tanks on Sunday killed 20 civilians in the city of Deir Ezzor, rights activists said, and at least seven died in a central town as the army cracked down on protests

AFP , Sunday 7 Aug 2011
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The operations are focused on Al-Jura district where the army and security forces opened fire, killing at least 20 and wounding dozens of others, Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights head Abdel Karim Rihawi told AFP.

He said security forces in another tank assault killed at least seven more civilians in Hula, a town in the central province of Homs.

"About 25 tanks and troop carriers entered Hula and carried out military operations," another activist, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights, said earlier, giving a death toll of four.

Security forces also carried out sweeping arrests in several district of Deir Ezzor, according to Rihawi.

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