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Syria claims 'massacre' of 120 troops by protesters

Syrian protesters march Friday in the village of Kfar-Nebel. International journalists are barred from Syria and such pictures are sent out of the country by the opposition.

Associated Press

Syrian protesters march Friday in the village of Kfar-Nebel. International journalists are barred from Syria and such pictures are sent out of the country by the opposition.

Syrian state television claimed Monday that 120 members of the nation's security forces have been killed by armed groups in recent days.

The broadcast cited no sources and offered no footage to verify the report of a "massacre" by gunmen at a police station in the restive northwest city of Jisr Shughur, the site of weeks of ongoing clashes between security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and pro-democracy protesters inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.

The report could not be independently confirmed.

Syrian democracy activists said dozens of protesters and bystanders, including children, were killed in the city near the Turkish border in recent days.

State television suggested more violence ahead, with an Interior Ministry official saying "the state will deal firmly and sternly" with the alleged attackers.

The numbers of security officers reportedly killed in attacks at Jisr Shughur cited by state television escalated throughout the day, going from 28 to 40 to 120.

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Information from the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post was used in this report.

Syria claims 'massacre' of 120 troops by protesters 06/06/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2011 11:41pm]

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