April 22, 2011 / 7:34 PM / 8 years ago

Civilian death toll in Syria rises to 70-Sawasiah

AMMAN, April 22 (Reuters) - Security forces and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shot dead at least 70 pro-democracy protesters in Syria on Friday, the Syrian human rights organisation Sawasiah said.

An official in Sawasiah, an independent organisation founded by jailed human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, told Reuters the killings of civilians occurred the Damascus district of Barzeh, its suburbs Zamalka, Harasta, Douma, Muadamiya, Qaboun and Hajar al-Asswad, as well as in the cities of Hama, Latakia and Homs, and in the southern town of Izra’a. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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