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Popular Syrian Cartoonist Attacked After Criticizing Assad

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat lies injured at a hospital in Damascus
Activists say Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat -- one of the most popular cartoonists in the Arab world -- is in hospital after being severely beaten by unknown assailants in Damascus.

Activists say that passers-by found Ali Ferzat "heavily beaten and physically abused" on the side of a road days after he published a cartoon comparing Syria's president to Libya's besieged leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Human rights groups say Assad's forces have killed more than 2,000 people since an uprising against his regime erupted in mid-March.

compiled from agency reports