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A Syrian boy takes part in recent protests against Assad's regime. Nader Daoud/AP/Press Association Images
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More violence in Syria sees '120 security forces killed' by armed militia in north

Syrian state TV is reporting this deaths this evening as the unrest continues with anti-government protesters calling for the end of president Bashar Assad’s regime.

ONE HUNDRED AND Twenty police and security forces have been killed by armed groups in a northern town of Syria according to state TV there.

It says 82 of them were killed in an attack on a security post. The report on Monday could not immediately be verified.

The confrontations occurred in the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province where Syria’s military has been conducting military operations for days as part of a crackdown on an uprising calling for an end to President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Human rights groups say at least 35 people have been killed there since Saturday.

Syria’s Interior Minister says the state will deal strongly and “decisively” with armed attacks on security forces.

Ibrahim Shaar says “we will not be silent” about attacks against the state, comments that appeared to be a prelude to an even stronger government crackdown against a popular uprising that began in mid-March.

He spoke in a terse statement broadcast on Syrian state television on Monday after government reports the report of the killings began to emerge.

The reports said the armed groups in Jisr al-Shughour attacked a security post and set fire to government buildings.

- AP

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