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Crowds gather in Syrian city of Homs before security forces open fire

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People gather during a demonstration in the Syrian city of Homs on April 18. Thousands demanded on Monday the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the funeral of eight protesters killed overnight in the central city of Homs, in escalating unrest despite a promise to lift emergency law.

Reuters

People gather at Clock Square during a demonstration in the centre of the Syrian city of Homs on April 18. Syrian forces fired shots at hundreds of protesters who had gathered overnight in Homs city in defiance of warning by the authorities to halt what they called an insurrection, a rights campaigner said on Tuesday. A member of the security police addressed the protesters at Clock Square through a loudspeaker asking them to leave, and then the forces opened fire, said the human rights campaigner, who is in contact with protesters in the square. The placard reads, "Syrian media liar and a traitor".

AP reports: Activists say Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition in an overnight raid on anti-government protesters who took over a main square in the country's third-largest city.

The activists said Tuesday there are several casualties from the raid on the Sa'a Jadida Square in the central city of Homs. It was not immediately clear how many people were wounded and whether anyone was killed.

Protesters had taken over the square Monday and vowed to stay until President Bashar Assad is ousted. Continue reading.