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Three children, two men killed in Syria: activists

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says security forces loyal to President Al-Assad have killed five people including three children

AFP , Sunday 4 Dec 2011
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Three children and at least two other civilians were killed on Sunday as security forces pressed on with an almost nine-month clampdown on dissent, rights activists said.

In the flashpoint city of Homs, "a man and three children aged 11, 14 and 16 were killed at dawn in the Al-Waer district when the Shabiha (pro-regime militia) opened fire on their cars," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The rights watchdog, in statements received in Nicosia, said "a chauffeur was killed when his mini-bus came under gunfire from a checkpoint north of Maarat Numan" in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Twenty-three people were killed in Syria on Saturday, including 11 civilians, the Observatory said, a day after the UN Human Rights Council condemned the Damascus regime's "gross violations" of human rights.

Seven pro-regime soldiers and security service agents were among those killed, as well as five rebel troops.

The Arab League, which has slapped unprecedented sanctions on member state Syria, was on Sunday awaiting its response to a deadline to allow in observers to monitor the country's unrest.

According to the United Nations, more than 4,000 people have been killed since anti-regime protests broke out in mid-March and tens of thousands arrested. At least 12,400 people are also reported to have fled abroad.

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