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Ten People Killed By Security Forces in Syria, Al Jazeera Says

May 18, 2012

Ten civilians were killed by security forces today in Homs and the Syrian capital Damascus as crowds took to the streets to protest after Friday prayers, Al Jazeera TV reported, citing human rights activists.

An explosion and gunshots were heard in the suburb of Altadamun in Damascus, Al Arabiya television reported earlier, without giving details. Security forces fired at demonstrators in Salah Eddine province in Aleppo, Harasta and Douma, Al Jazeera said. Three people from the al-Dmeimeh village in Homs province were killed by mortar attacks by “armed terrorist groups,” the government-owned Syrian Arab News Agency said.

More than 9,000 people have been killed by President Bashar al-Assad security forces since March last year, when protests began as part of the wave of uprisings in the Middle East, according to a United Nations estimate in late March.

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