Syria violence kills 5, including 2 children: Activists
AFP, Friday 3 Feb 2012
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says pro-Assad security forces killed five people, including two children, in an explosion near a cultural centre in the northwestern Idlib region

Five people, including two children, were killed in violence across Syria Friday as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired on several protests, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The two children were killed in an explosion near a cultural centre in Kfartakharim in the northwestern Idlib region, the Britain-based Observatory said adding that residents were greatly angered by the incident.

The activist group said at dawn two civilians were shot dead on farms in the flashpoint town of Rankus, near Damascus.

In the southern Daraa region, where the 10-month-old uprising against the Assad regime began, a soldier was killed and five others injured in clashes in the town of Jassem between government forces and fighters from the deserter Free Syrian Army.

In Idlib region, the watchdog said, massive protests were held marking the notorious 1982 massacre in the city of Hama. In the coastal town of Latakia protests began despite a huge presence of security forces who fired gunshots to disperse the crowds.

The Observatory said nearly 10,000 mourners turned out for a funeral march in Dael for a person who died in prison.

Protesters also gathered in Yabrod, in Damascus province, after Friday prayers, the activists said.