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'Dozens' killed in Syria violence

Activists say clashes broke out between troops in the central city of Homs after some refused to fire at protesters.

Anti-Syrian regime protesters of Islamic group suppoters burn an effigy of Syrian President Bashar Assad Tripoli, Lebanon, on Friday Oct. 7, 2011.
Anti-Syrian regime protesters of Islamic group suppoters burn an effigy of Syrian President Bashar Assad Tripoli, Lebanon, on Friday Oct. 7, 2011.
Image: Bilal Hussein/AP/Press Association Images

AN ESTIMATED 31 people have been killed in violence across Syria, according to local activists.

Some 14 civilians and 17 security personnel died after a series of violent incidents across the country, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

There are unconfirmed reports that seven civilians died in the city of Homs after a group of troops refused to fire on protesters and soldiers began fighting each other, according to the BBC.

According to the UN, almost 3,000 people have died in the country since popular uprisings began last March.

Last week, UN Security Council members Russia and China vetoed a European-drafted resolution which threatened Syria with further international sanctions if the government continued its violent crackdown on anti-regime protesters. Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, described the move as “nothing short of a betrayal of the Syrian people”.

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