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Syrian authorities crack down on protesters, 21 reported dead

As thousands flee Syria in the face of escalating violence, activists say at least 21 people have been killed in protests and army operations across the country today.

Lebanese riots police officers march in front of anti-Syrian president Bashar Assad protesters, during a demonstration against the Syrian regime, in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, on Friday June 10, 2011.
Lebanese riots police officers march in front of anti-Syrian president Bashar Assad protesters, during a demonstration against the Syrian regime, in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, on Friday June 10, 2011.
Image: Press Association Images

SYRIAN ACTIVISTS SAY at least 21 people have been killed in protests and army operations across the country, half of them in the north.

The Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents anti-government protests in Syria, says 10 of the deaths occurred Friday in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The group says many of the casualties occurred when Syrian tanks shelled Maaret al-Numan, a town in Idlib.

Syria’s state-run television says gunmen opened fire on police stations in Maaret al-Numan, causing casualties among security officials.

- AP

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