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Syrian Forces Kill Three Protesters In Southern City

Reports say Syrian security forces have killed three protesters in the southern city of Daraa, in the first violent clashes to hit Syria since a wave of uprisings swept through the Arab world.

The demonstrators were taking part in a peaceful protest demanding political freedoms and an end to corruption in Syria, which has been ruled under emergency laws by President Bashar al-Assad's Baath Party for nearly half a century.

The Human Rights Watch advocacy group has said Syria's authorities were among the worst violators of human rights in 2010, jailing lawyers, torturing opponents and using violence to repress ethnic Kurds.

compiled from agency reports