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Syrian opposition: 310 killed in deadliest day

Syrian mourners burying the body of a man identified as Issa al-Anjari during his funeral in Baba Amr in the flashpoint city of Homs. — AFP Photo

BEIRUT: Syrian activists say 310 people were killed across the country on Thursday in what was the single deadliest day of fighting since the beginning of the revolt against President Bashar Assad's regime.

Syria's civil war escalated dramatically in the past week as rebels closed in on the capital Damascus and launched their most serious blow yet on Assad's inner circle, killing three top aides in an assassination. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday at least 93 of those killed Thursday were government troops.

The Local Coordination Committees, which documents civilian deaths, said 217 civilians were killed Thursday. Death tolls are difficult to verify in tightly controlled Syria which places severe restrictions on journalists.

Syrian TV said troops recovered control of a rebellious neighborhood in Damascus Friday.

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Muhammad Bashir Khan
Jul 21, 2012 04:08am
It is better for Asad to leave this country and let the people their own destiny. Being belonging to very small community of Nusairia, Asad has no right to rule this country.