Syria protests: Security forces 'fire on mourners'

Security forces in Syria have shot dead at least nine people at funerals for anti-government protesters killed on Friday, reports say.

They opened fire on mourners gathering in parts of the capital Damascus and near the flash-point southern town of Deraa, witnesses said.

At least 72 people reportedly died on Friday, the bloodiest day in some five weeks of unrest.

Two MPs from Deraa have resigned in protest at the violence.

Friday's bloodshed, which came a day after President Bashar al-Assad scrapped decades of emergency rule, drew strong international condemnation.

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