More Syrian protesters die in clashes following president’s speech

22 June 2011

An estimated 1,300 Syrian civilians have been killed since protests began in March

At least seven more people are reported to have died in Syria after clashes with government security forces on Tuesday 21 June.

Sources from Syria claim that at least seven anti-government protesters were killed in several major cities when they were targeted by security forces.

Anti-government protesters had clashed with supporters of President Bashar al-Assad in several major cities following Al-Assad’s televised speech on Monday.

In his 70-minute address, President Al-Assad said reforms would be forthcoming, but claimed that anti-government protests were down to a small group of saboteurs, and that the government would continue to adopt a hardline approach with such groups.

Opposition groups in Syria estimate that more than 1,300 civilians and 300 soldiers have been killed since the protests against Al-Assad’s rule began in mid-March.

In response to the continued unrest, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made a fresh appeal to Syria to allow the UN to carry out fact-finding and humanitarian missions.

The secretary general told the UK-based BBC that he was ‘’very concerned’’ about human rights violations in Syria.

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