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5 killed in new Syria clashes, witnesses say

BEIRUT (AP) - An eyewitness says at least five people have been killed in the southern Syrian city of Daraa during a security crackdown.
Syrian troops in armored vehicles and tanks stormed the southern town of Daraa early Monday and opened fire. It was the latest bloodshed in a five-week uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime.
An eyewitness told The Associated Press that he saw at least five corpses after security forces fired on a car. The witness asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisals.
Daraa has become an epicenter of the protest movement, which kicked off in the town more than a month ago. Since then, more than 300 people have been killed across the country as the anti-government demonstrations have swelled.


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