At least 28 dead in Syria protests

Syrian protesters poured into the streets Friday and shouted that President Bashar al Assad’s regime will be the next to fall now that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is dead. Syrian forces fired on protesters Friday, killing at least 28 people, activists said, most of them in the central city of Homs.

The Local Coordination Committees, a Syrian activist network, put Friday’s death toll at 24 nationwide. It said 19 of those killed in the city of Homs, where thousands deomstrated in joy yesterday following the death of Gaddafi. The LCC said three others were killed in Hama and its suburbs, one in the northern Idleb province and one in the Damascus suburb of Saqba.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group based in Britain, said at least 15 people were killed in Homs and reported heavy fighting in Saqba between government forces and army defectors.

In the Syrian town of Qusair, Syrian forces closed all mosques to prevent people from gathering. ( / 21.10.2011)

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