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Images of dead children killed in Syria crackdown fan protests in Beirut

Jamal Saidi / Reuters

Syrian children carry pictures of 13-year-old Hamza al-Khatib and hold candles during a protest in front of the United Nations building in Beirut on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. The Syrian boy, who activists say was tortured and killed by security forces, has emerged as a powerful symbol in protests against the rule of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad which have been met with a bloody crackdown.

From NBC News:

BEIRUTThe images grow no less shocking with time — a gaping wound on a tiny skull, the hair matted with blood; a gunshot that pierced the skin of a small torso and went straight toward the kidney; and finally, the broken neck and severed penis of a 13-year-old boy, his mangled body contorted on a plastic sheet. Full story

Richard Engel joins msnbc to discuss the latest crackdown on anti-government protesters in Syria.