More than 100 killed in Syria protest city

More than 100 people were killed by police gunfire in Syria's southern city of Daraa on Wednesday, human rights activists and witnesses said on Thursday.

"There are definitely more than 100 dead and the city will need a week to bury its martyrs," said human rights activist Ayman al-Asswad in Daraa, reached by telephone from Nicosia.

Deadly protests broke out in the southern Syrian town of Daraa last week, with scores of people reportedly dying in the last week after security forces opened fire on protestors.

The protestors, who have been inspired by regime-changing revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, are demanding "freedom" and an end to 48 years of emergency laws in Syria.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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