Syrian security forces kill at least 14

09 October 2011

The victims were attending funerals of people killed the previous day

At least 14 people were killed in Syria on 8 October after security forces opened fire on attendees at funerals of people who died the previous day.

Six of the 14 killed were attending the funeral of Mishaal al-Tammo, a Syrian Kurdish opposition figure, in northern Syria, according to BBC reports.

About 50,000 people are reported to have been attending the funeral in the northern town of Qamishli when security forces opened fire.

The UN estimates that there have been more than 2,700 deaths since the start of the unrest.

Al-Assad assumed power in 2000 after his father had ruled the country for three decades.

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