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At least 24 killed in Syria as troops fire on protesters

Several children reportedly among the casualties

A still photo taken from a video uploaded on YouTube yesterday showed Syrian forces deploying in the Qabun district of Damascus. Protests took place across the country. A still photo taken from a video uploaded on YouTube yesterday showed Syrian forces deploying in the Qabun district of Damascus. Protests took place across the country. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Elizabeth A. Kennedy
Associated Press / December 10, 2011
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Syrian security forces fired on anti-government demonstrations across the country yesterday, killing at least 24 people - including several children - as the regime tries to choke off a 9-month-old uprising, activists said. Some of the worst violence was reported in Homs, a city in central Syria that has emerged as the epicenter of the revolt against President Bashar Assad.

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