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Five Dead in Syria as Forces Fire on Protesters, Al Arabiya Says

June 25, 2011

June 26 (Bloomberg) -- Syrian security forces killed five people in the Homs province and the Damascus suburb of Kassweh, Al Arabiya television reported yesterday.

Two of the dead, including a 13-year-old boy, were shot while attending a funeral in Kassweh, Arabiya said, citing activists. Three protesters were killed by security forces in Homs, Arabiya reported, citing Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian observatory for human rights.

More than 11,700 Syrians have fled across the border to refugee camps in Turkey, the Anatolia news agency said June 24, citing a statement by the office of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The influx came as Syrian army units arrived in the border village of Khirbet al-Jouz. Syrian tanks also have entered the Al-Najiyah border town, Al Jazeera television reported yesterday, citing activists.

Syrian state-run television said yesterday that 730 people who were refugees in Turkey have returned to the Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour.

Meanwhile Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s government, fighting a rebellion backed by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, ordered food supplies worth 3.6 billion dinars ($3 billion) to cover the market’s needs for more than six months, the JANA state-news agency reported yesterday.

Qaddafi Fighting Sanctions

Qaddafi has been fighting a pro-democracy insurgency supported by NATO since February and his regime is also under United Nations, U.S. and European Union sanctions designed to starve him of cash and fuel for his army.

A Libyan government official told CNN yesterday that NATO airstrikes had killed 15 civilians in the Libyan city of Brega. NATO denied the claim, saying it had struck military targets and there was “no indication of civilian casualties,” CNN reported.

Libyan rebels expect Qaddafi to make an offer “very soon” that could end the war, Agence France Press reported yesterday, citing Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice president of the rebel National Transitional Council.

In Yemen, the government said it suspected the al-Qaeda terrorist network was behind a car bomb that killed three Yemeni security personnel in the southern city of Aden, the Press Trust of India reported yesterday. The bombing in Aden’s free-trade zone followed weekend rallies by anti-government protesters, according to the report.

--With assistance from Zaid Sabah Abd Alhamid and Nadeem Hamid in Washington, Tamara Walid and Maher Chmaytelli in Dubai, and Bill Varner in New York. Editors: Ann Hughey, Christian Thompson.

To contact the reporter on this story: Molly Peterson in Washington at mpeterson9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ann Hughey at ahughey@bloomberg.net


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