Syria violence intensifies with more than 70 killed: activists

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Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad gather in Hula, near Homs 13 November 2011. (Photo: REUTERS - Handout)

Published Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More than 70 people were killed across Syria on Monday in one of the bloodiest days since anti-regime protests erupted in March, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Twenty-eight civilians were killed, including two children, in the flashpoint cities of Homs, Daraa and Idlib, according to the Syrian activist group the Local Coordination Committees (LCC).

Meanwhile, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims 34 soldiers and 12 suspected army deserters were killed in clashes.

The LCC reported heavy clashes at the northern entrance to Daraa between Syrian forces and the Free Syrian Army, resulting in a number of casualties.

Demonstrators in Hama chanted in support of the Arab League and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan following their hardening stances against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to the LCC.

SANA, the Syrian state news agency, reported demonstrations in front of the Foreign Ministry in Damascus protesting the Arab League's decision and foreign interference.

Violence in Syria appears to show no signs of abating despite mounting international pressure on the Assad regime to end the bloodshed.

The Arab League is due to meet in Rabat on Wednesday to discuss the Syrian crisis, after the regional body suspended Syria on Saturday for failing to implement an Arab peace plan.

Syria slammed the suspension as illegitimate and a "dangerous step."

The UN has placed the total death toll of the Syrian uprising at over 3,500.

(al-Akhbar, AFP)

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