Syrian forces kill two protesters in southern city

DAMASCUS, March 18 Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:33pm EDT

DAMASCUS, March 18 (Reuters) - Syrian security forces killed two demonstrators on Friday in the southern city of Deraa as they took part in a peaceful protest demanding political freedom and an end to corruption in Syria, a resident said.

Hussam Abdel Wali Ayyash and Akram Jawabreh were among several thousands who where chanting "God, Syria, Freedom" and anti-corruption slogans, accusing the family of the president of corruption, when they were shot dead by security forces who were reinforced with troops flown in by helicopters, the resident said.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis)