- Associated Press - Sunday, August 7, 2011

BEIRUT (AP) — Two Syrian rights groups on Sunday said government forces have killed at least 52 people in the latest phase of their crackdown on dissent and that the toll for the day could rise to 69.

Sunday’s casualties were mainly in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour and the central city of Houleh.

Abdul-Karim Rihawi, the Damascus-based chief of the Syrian Human Rights League, said at least 42 people were killed in Deir el-Zour and 10 in Houleh.

Ammar Qurabi, who heads the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria, said 42 people were killed in Deir el-Zour and 17 in Houleh. He said 10 people were shot dead in Idlib while taking part in a funeral.

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