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Human Rights: UN Says Syria Crackdown Death Toll Tops 3,500

The U.N. human rights office says at least 3,500 people have been killed in the Syrian government’s eight-month crackdown on dissent, while activists say deadly assaults continued in the central city of Homs. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the U.N.

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Posted in Government Control, Human Rights

Syrian Forces Seeking Army Defectors Storm Cities, Killing 8

Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopters have killed at least eight people in raids designed to crush army deserters who are fighting back after months of mostly peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Activists say dozens of armored vehicles

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

15 Killed as Protesters Rally in Syria

Tens of thousands of Syrians have rallied against the government, as security forces expand their crackdown on dissent. Witnesses and activists say at least 15 people were killed on Friday after forces used live ammunition on protesters. They say most

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Activists Report Arrests in Syrian Capital

Syrian rights activists say army units have swept through the capital, Damascus, and detained scores of people. Rights groups say the arrests took place late Saturday. The French news agency quotes activists who say government troops set up roadblocks on

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Posted in Human Rights

Syrian Activists Report Intense Gunfire in Homs

Syrian forces using tanks and other weaponry intensified their crackdown on anti-government protesters in the central city of Homs on Thursday. Residents and activists say tanks moved to block off neighborhoods as government forces conducted raids and made arrests.  Shots

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Posted in Human Rights

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