Syrian forces kill 10 in funeral raid
Published 20/07/2011 | 05:00
Syrian security forces opened fire on a funeral procession yesterday, killing up to 10 people in a city that has been besieged for days.
Dozens of people have been killed in Homs since Saturday, according to activists, human rights groups and witnesses. Syria has banned independent media coverage, making it difficult to verify accounts from witnesses or Syrian authorities.
"We haven't slept since yesterday," a Homs resident said over telephone, the crackling of machine-gun fire audible in the background. "I am lying down on the floor as I talk to you. Other people are hiding in bathrooms."
Snipers were positioned on rooftops, keeping a close watch on the deserted streets, he said, asking that his named not be published for fear of reprisals.
The shooting outside the Khaled bin Al-Waleed mosque erupted shortly after noon as families held funeral processions for 10 people killed a day before during a security sweep, said the Local Co-ordination Committee, an umbrella group that helps organise and document the protests in Syria.
The mother of a man being buried was among those killed at the funeral procession, said Mohammed Saleh, an activist in Homs.