Friday, October 28, 2011

Opposition group reports 25 killed in Syria, including 3 children

Three children were among 25 people reported killed Thursday in Syria, an opposition group reported, in the apparent latest round of violence to rattle the turbulent Middle Eastern nation.

The Syrian government, meanwhile, continued to refute reports -- including one alleging abuses and assaults in its prisons -- according to the state-run SANA news agency. It also documented the funerals of what it called three "martyrs" killed by "armed terrorist groups (outside) Hama and Damascus."

The Local Coordinating Committees, an opposition group that organizes protests, reported in a statement released Friday morning that 11 people were killed in the suburbs of Hama -- including seven in Kernaz, two in Qalat Madeq and one apiece in Latamnah and Kafranbodah.

Another seven people died Thursday in Homs, which has been a hotbed of anti-government sentiment and subsequent government-led crackdowns, the group claimed.

This followed a powerful explosion that rocked the city's Bayada neighborhood, with the coordination committees further claiming that security forces fired on that and another neighborhood with heavy machine guns. more