June 24, 2011 / 5:19 PM / 7 years ago

Syria Friday death toll rise to 15 protesters

Jun 24 (Reuters) - AMMAN, June 24 (Reuters) - Syrian security forces shot dead 15 protesters on Friday when they used live ammunition in several cities to disperse protests demanding the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, activists and residents said.

The Local Coordination Committees, a main activists’ group, said it had the names of 14 civilians killed in the merchant city of Homs, the impoverished town of Kiswa south of Damascus and in the residential district of Barzeh in the capital.

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights said one protester was also killed in the town of Qusair west of Homs on the border with Lebanon.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; editing by Ralph Boulton)

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