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Syria Denies Mass Graves Near Daraa

Scores of protesters have reportedly been killed by Syrian troops in Daraa in recent days.
Syrian authorities have denied the existence of a reported mass grave in the southern town of Daraa, which the army had raided to put down antigovernment protests.

Authorities said the reports of the grave were part of a "campaign of incitement" against authorities tackling a two-month wave of protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

Nonetheless, they acknowledged that the bodies of five people had been found in the town.

Earlier, villagers near Daraa said they found two separate graves containing up to 26 bodies.

Meanwhile, activists said the army continued a military assault on the border town of Tel Kelakh. Activists also said Syrian tanks moved into the southern city of Nawa, north of Daraa.

compiled from agency reports