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Gunbattles and funerals in Syria

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 02:17

Aug. 11 - Amateur video appears to show gunbattles, funerals and protests around Syria - with bodies lying in the street after a bloody crackdown in Homs. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Amateur video out of Syria shows bodies on the streets on Homs. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters, comes as rights groups say at least 15 people have been killed in an assault on the city. Footage purportedly shot in Hama Wednesday shows tanks on the streets of the city. The Syrian government says the army has pulled out of the city after a 10 day campaign. In a suburb of Damascus gunfire rings through the streets. Gunmen, purportedly loyal to the government open fire. More footage from the northwest town of Taftnaz shows a funeral procession. Rights groups say at least 1,700 civilians have been killed since the uprising began some five months ago. Another funeral service, out of Homs. The mourners continue to call for the end of President Bashar al Assad's 11-year rule Night time footage from Homs shows demonstrators in the main Square. They call for the end of the regime. The Syrian government says 500 solders and police have been killed in the bloodshed. The government blames "armed gangs" and "terrorists". Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Gunbattles and funerals in Syria

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 02:17