At least 10 people were killed when security forces opened fire at a funeral procession of those killed in Friday’s protests in central Syria, Al Jazeera reported.
An eyewitness told Al Jazeera that security forces shot without warning at the crowd of some 40,000 mourners returning from a cemetery in the city of Homs.
“Today we’ve lost about 10 people killed in Homs. Tens of people injured as well,” lawyer and human rights activist Lina Mansour told Al Jazeera.
Dozens of wounded were taken to their homes and private hospitals for fears that police may arrest them in the city’s central hospital.
Another activist, Razan Zaitouna was quoted as saying that about 58 people have been killed since a new wave of mass protests began on Friday, some two days after president Bashar Assad announced that his country has overcome its two-month-long political crisis.
The Syrian human rights group Sawasiah says more than 800 people have been killed since the unrest against the country’s longtime ruler began in mid-March. Syrian authorities claim the protests were organized by Islamic extremists seeking to seize power in the country.
MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti)