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Syrian troops 'have killed more than 1,000 civilians in brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations' - 25th May 2011

As many as 1,300 people may have been killed in Syria by troops and security forces since the uprising against the Assad regime began, a human rights group has claimed.

The organisation, Sawasiah, said it had the names of 1,100 people who it reported had been killed.

It said it had reports of another 200 civilians deaths, but did not have names for those victims.

The group said most deaths were in the Hauran Plain region, in southern Syria, where the uprising started on March 18.

As protest has spread from the area, the ensuing military crackdown has driven the death toll up, according to the rights group, founded by jailed human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani.

Authorities in the country have blamed most of the deaths on ‘armed saboteur groups’.

They say the groups, backed by Islamists and outside powers, have killed more than 120 soldiers and police.

But campaigners say the military response has escalated to such a level that some soldiers have been shot by security agents for refusing to fire on civilians.

The country has been ruled for the past 11 years by the repressive regime of President Bashar al-Assad, with a history of crackdowns on public dissent.

Previously courted by the West, the government has in the past few weeks seen sanctions imposed on its leaders. Read More