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Violence, deaths in Syria ahead of truce

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This citizen journalist image obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, April 6, purportedly shows a mass burial of people allegedly killed in recent shelling in Taftnaz, Syria.

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Demonstrators, with banners, protest against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Kafranbel, near Idlib on April 6.

Reuters reports -- At least 24 Syrians were killed in violence on Friday and the military tried to halt a refugee exodus, opposition activists said, only four days before a troop pullback agreed by President Bashar al-Assad as part of a U.N.-backed peace plan.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said shelling had killed at least 10 people, including four rebel fighters, in the flashpoint central city of Homs. Two soldiers died in separate clashes and one person was killed in the town of Douma, it said.

The British-based Observatory, using its network of contacts in Syria, also reported seven civilians and four soldiers killed in clashes and bombardments in Anadan, north of Aleppo.

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