5 killed, 20 injured in clashes with security forces in Syria: activists

13:44, July 28, 2011      

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A Human rights activist says the Syrian security forces killed five people and injured other 20 on Wednesday on suburbs of the capital Damascus.

Abdul-Karim al-Rihawi, head of the Syrian League for Human Rights, told Xinhua by phone that four people were killed and 20 injured in the southern Kanaker suburb and one civilian was killed in the Damascus suburb of Harasta.

He said security forces are conducting a "pre-emptive campaign" before the Muslims' holy month of Ramadan starts, as some opposition parties have said that they would demonstrate daily during the Ramadan to increase pressure on the government.

Activists say many anti-government protesters have recently been opting for overnight protests, aiming for a time when the security presence thins out.

Syria blames the unrest on gunmen and religious extremists looking to stir up sectarian strife in the country.

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