21 dead in Syria despite ‘end of uprising’

21 dead in Syria despite ‘end of uprising’

Clashes between government forces and protesters at funeral outside Damascus turn bloody

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Assad forces stormed a funeral procession outside Damascus, firing bullets and tear gas into the crowd and arbitrarily arresting mourners, the Local Coordination Committees reported on Saturday.

At least one person, Ahmed Aniz, was killed when a military vehicle ran him over. According to the Local Coordination Committees, a total of 21 people were killed in Syria on Saturday despite an accession earlier this week by Assad to agree to peace talks and end the violence.

Activists in the village of Kafar Sousah, on the outskirts of Damascus, reported explosions and gunfire after government forces broke up a funeral attended by thousands.

Earlier on Saturday, Foreign Minister Jihad Makdessi said the uprising against the Assad regime was over, but the military would remain in cities and towns until peace and security return to them.

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