July 1, 2011 / 9:04 PM / 8 years ago

Syrian forces kill 24 civilians in attacks: lawyer

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed at least 24 civilians on Friday during pro-democracy protests across Syria and in military assaults on villages in a region bordering Turkey, prominent human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouna said.

Zaitouna told Reuters by phone that the 24 included seven people in the central city of Homs, scene of widening protests against President Bashar al-Assad and 14 villagers in the northwestern province of Idlib, where troops backed by tanks and helicopters have been storming villages to subdue dissent in rural areas near Turkey.

Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis

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