Syrian forces kill four civilians in Idlib: activist

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Posted: Jun 29, 2011 7:39 AM
Syrian forces kill four civilians in Idlib: activist

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian troops shot dead four civilians on Wednesday in a village in the northwestern province of Idlib, a prominent activist said, as tanks continued to sweep the hill area near Turkey.

"The four died in random firing on the village of Rama from tank machineguns, which has become customary in these unjustified assaults. The tanks started firing on surrounding woods then directed their fire on the village," Ammar Qarabi, president of the Syrian National Human Rights Organization, told Reuters.

Qarabi, who is from Idlib, said he based his information on several witnesses' testimony. Syria has banned most international media, making it difficult to verify accounts of violence during a three-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Louise Ireland)