Six killed in Syria mosque attack

Those killed included Ali Ghassab al-Mahamid, a doctor from a prominent Deraa family who went to the Omari mosque in the city’s old quarter to help victims of the attack, which occurred just after midnight, said the residents, declining to be named. Before the attack, electricity was cut off in the area and telephone services were severed. Cries of “Allahu Akbar” erupted across neighbourhoods in Deraa when the shooting began. It was not immediately clear whether the protesters had any weapons.

The attack brought to 10 the number of civilians killed by Syrian forces during six days of demonstrations calling for political freedoms and an end to corruption in the country of 20 million. The ruling Baath Party has banned opposition and enforced emergency laws since 1963.

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