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Rights Group Says Five Syrian Troops Killed Fighting 'Defectors'

October 17, 2011

A rights group says five Syrian soldiers have been killed in clashes with gunmen suspected to be army defectors in the flashpoint central province of Homs.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that Syrian security forces opened fire in a residential area in the city of Homs, killing one person and wounding six.

The clashes came a day after the group said security forces killed 11 civilians, including eight in Homs.

The fresh wave of violence came as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop the killings of civilians immediately and to accept an international investigation into human rights violations.

The United Nations said on October 15 that more than 3,000 people have been killed in the crackdown.

compiled from agency reports

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/syrian_troops_killed_fighting_defectors/24362394.html

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