14 Dead in Big Syria Rallies

Protests may be the largest yet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 15, 2011 8:20 AM CDT
The Syrian flag flutters outside the damaged windows of the French Embassy following a gathering of pro-government protesters in Damascus on July 11   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Syrian activist says security forces have killed 14 protesters during anti-government demonstrations across the country today. The rallies appeared to be the largest and most widespread since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March. The activist, a spokesman for a group that tracks the protests, said seven people were killed in Damascus, three in the northwestern city of Idlib, three in the central city of Homs, and one in the southern city of Daraa.

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