Syrian forces fire on funerals, battle defectors

BEIRUT—Activists say at least 12 people have been killed across Syria in violence stemming from the country’s 9-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime.

Two main activist groups say security forces fired on funeral processions Saturday. They are also reporting clashes between soldiers and army defectors. Many of the dead were in Homs, the epicenter of the revolt.

Despite the bloodshed, Assad has refused to halt the crackdown. The United Nations estimates more than 4,000 people have been killed in the military assault on dissent since March.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordinating Committees collected details of Saturday’s bloodshed using a network of sources on the ground.

Source: Boston Globe

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