Saturday, April 23, 2011

Two MPs Quit Parliament as Syrian Security Forces Killed 11 Mourners on Saturday (April 23, 2011)

DAMASCUS - At least eleven mourners were shot dead in Syria on Saturday as gunmen fired on the funerals of demonstrators killed during Friday’s protests. It came as tens of thousands of mourners packed buses were going for the southern town of Ezreh for the funerals of 18 people killed on Friday (April 22).

Human rights activists said the death toll from Friday's protests across the country could be more than 100, pending confirmation of a list of names, and fresh protests are likely after the funerals.

Nasser al-Hariri and Khalil al-Rifai, two independent MPs from the city of Daraa, on Saturday told Al-Jazeera TV that they were leaving parliament in disappointment because they could not guard their constituents.

According to state news agency Sana, eight people were killed on Friday in Ezreh and 20 others injured "including security forces in an attack by criminal gangs”. Two police officers died in Damascus and the central city of Homs.

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