100,000 at Syria protester funerals: rights group
AFP, Saturday 4 Jun 2011

More than 100,000 people turned out on Saturday for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by security forces in the Syrian city of Hama, a rights group said.
At least 53 people were killed during anti-regime demonstrations on Friday across Syria, all but five of them in Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It said security forces shot dead 48 people in Hama, where a crowd of more than 50,000 gathered for the city's biggest rally since the mid-March outbreak across Syria of a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

In Homs, a city 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Hama, two people were killed and another two in nearby Rastan, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the London-based Observatory. One person was also killed in Idleb, northwest Syria.

Rights groups say more than 1,100 civilians have been killed and at least 10,000 arrested in the brutal crackdown since the protests began.