Syria's Two-Day Death Toll Rises to 120

Two lawmakers resign over government force
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2011 7:08 AM CDT
Updated Apr 23, 2011 12:59 PM CDT
Supporters of an Islamic group wave their party flags as they protest against the Syrian regime, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Friday April 22, 2011.   (Hussein Malla)
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(Newser) – The death toll from two days of violence in Syria reached 120 today as security forces fired on tens of thousands of mourners who shouted for the regime's downfall during funeral processions, a human rights group said. Ammar Qurabi, the head of Syria's National Organization for Human Rights, said 112 people were killed yesterday and at least eight today.

The mounting death toll prompted two Syrian lawmakers to resign in disgust over the killings. More than 300 people have been killed since the uprising against autocratic President Bashar al-Assad began more than five weeks ago. "If I cannot protect the chests of my people from these treacherous strikes, then there is no meaning for me to stay in the People's Assembly," one of the lawmakers told al-Jazeera. Click for more on the Syrian protests.

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