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SYRIAN CRISIS: Syrians flee to Lebanon; death toll rises to 20!

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Associated Press / Posted on Jun 25, 2011 at 06:41pm IST.

Syrians flee to Lebanon; death toll rises to 20

Beirut: Hundreds of Syrians, some with gunshot wounds, have crossed into neighboring Lebanon in search of a refuge from the growing violence in their homeland, a Lebanese security official said on Saturday.
Most arriving at the border came shortly after Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters across Syria on Friday. Syrian activists said 20 people were killed, including two children aged 12 and 13.
The Local Coordination Committees, a group tracking the Syria protests, said most of the deaths occurred in the Barzeh neighborhood of the capital, Damascus, and in the suburb of al-Kaswa. Others died when security forces opened fire in the central city of Homs, sending residents fleeing to the Lebanese border 20 miles (30 kilometers) away.

The Syrian opposition says some 1,400 people have been killed as the government has cracked down on a movement demanding an end to four decades of Assad family rule - a popular uprising renewed each on Friday after weekly Muslim prayers.
The violence has prompted thousands of Syrians to seek a safe haven in neighboring countries. Up to 1,000 crossed on Friday and overnight into northern Lebanon's Akkar region, near Wadi Khaled, a Lebanese security official said. Most crossed into the border village of Kneiseh from the Syrian village of al-Quseir, where Syrian activists said security forces fired on protesters on Friday.

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