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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Syrian protesters 'killed' after Eid prayers!
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english.aljazeera.net / Last Modified: 30 Aug 2011 09:27.
Syrian security forces have shot dead at least seven protesters on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, activists say.
Protests erupted in many towns and cities on Tuesday morning, after Muslims performed morning prayers marking the end of Ramadan.
The Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC) activist network said six of the deaths occurred in the southern province of Deraa and one in Homs.
Syrian security forces reportedly also opened fire on protesters in the town of Deir ez-Zor.
LCC said a "huge" protest was formed as worshippers emerged from the al-Omari mosque in Daraa and marched to the town's cemetery. Muslims traditionally visit graves on the first day of Eid.
Large demonstrations were also reported in cities including Deraa, Idlib, Hama and Homs, and in Damascus suburbs.
A day earlier, security forces killed at least eight people and wounded dozens in raids across the country, according to opposition activists.
The rights group Avaaz said five people were killed in the town of Sarameen in Idlib province, when security forces stormed the town.
Tanks and armoured vehicles rolled into various flashpoint areas, including the towns of Rastan and Heet in Homs province.
Meanwhile, in New York, UN Security Council ambassadors met behind closed doors on Monday to discuss rival UN resolutions on Syria.