Scores killed on Syria's 'day of rage'

Up to 62 killed by security forces, activists say, as thousands defy government repression to call for freedom in Syria

Dozens of people have been shot dead by Syrian security forces, activists claim, as tens of thousands took part in anti-government rallies dubbed a "day of rage".

Activists said at least 62 protesters were killed across the country on Friday, although Al Jazeera cannot independently verify the death toll.

At least 15 people were reported killed near Deraa where security forces fired on thousands of protesters trying to enter the besieged southern city, sources told Al Jazeera's Rula Amin

Deraa has been the scene of regular demonstrations since protests against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's rule began last month, but the city has also borne the brunt of weeks of government repression.

The government claims its forces are battling "extremist and terrorist groups in the town" and said two soldiers were killed on Friday.

"Deraa has been under siege since Monday morning. Residents from the surrounding villages were trying to break the siege as they tried to get supplies," our correspondent said.

"They met with hostile security forces who fired at them and we know that at least 15 people were killed.

"One resident told me that people do not have supplies, no communication, the situation is dire and they wonder what the security forces want fr... >>>

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