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New protests in besieged city of Hama, 2 killed

Two protesters shot dead in Hama Friday protests as demos pick up steam following the end of a 10-day military campaign

Reuters , Friday 12 Aug 2011
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Syrian security police shot dead two protesters in Hama on Friday as thousands took to the streets to demand the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad, residents and activists said, in the first large demonstrations since a 10-day military assault.

The two youths were killed near al-Tawhid and al-Sahaba mosques in northern residential neighbourhoods away from the centre of the city. "The demonstrations are taking place in the local neighbourhoods, where there are fewer forces and shabbiha (militiamen loyal to Assad)," said one resident. 

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