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SYRIA: New images said to show security forces opening fire on small town [Video]

April 29, 2011 | 11:17 am

Syrian security forces opened fire into a crowd in the village of Sheik Miskeen near the besieged southern city of Dara on Friday, according to video posted online that could not be verified.

Picture 6 In the video posted on YouTube, about 100 men are seen milling around in a rural street before coming under fire. The description posted by the user says the event took place at a military checkpoint and that eight people were killed and dozens wounded.

Activists said at least 24 people had been confirmed dead across the country as of early Friday evening, but that number is expected to rise in the coming hours.

More video said to have been taken in the same village appears to show army tanks and trucks moving through the streets as soldiers open fire at unseen targets.

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Videos: The military opens fire and moves in on protesters in Sheik Meskeen. Credit: YouTube