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At least five people killed in central Syria

Arab World Materials 24 September 2011 17:21 (UTC +04:00)
At least five people were killed Saturday in the central Syrian province of Homs, in the latest government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, according to Beirut-based activists.
At least five people killed in central Syria

At least five people were killed Saturday in the central Syrian province of Homs, in the latest government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, according to Beirut-based activists.

Syrian security forces left several more dead and 30 injured near the Orontes River in the province, activists said, DPA reported.

Gunfire and blasts were also heard in the Qusayr area, south-east of Homs, a group of online activists reported.

Overnight protests were held in several parts of the central province. Videos posted online showed a group of protesters chanting "Praise the army defectors."

At least nine civilians were killed Friday in a government crackdown, as the European Union imposed a fresh round of sanctions on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

In Brussels, the EU approved banning foreign investment in its oil sector and the supply of bank notes made in Europe.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army's deputy chief of staff, Bassam Najm Eddin, died of a heart attack on Friday.

The official SANA news agency said on Saturday that his burial will take place in the martyrs' cemetery in Damascus.

An estimated 2,700 people have been killed, including at least 100 children, since the anti-government protests - calling for the ouster of al-Assad - started in mid-March, according to the United Nations.

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