| 25.08,11. 05:57 AM |
Seven Killed in Syria, 150 Arrested in Damascus Suburb
Syrian security forces killed seven people, including a woman who died under torture, and arrested more than 150 others over the past 24 hours, activists said on Wednesday.
Four people were killed in the protest hub of Homs in central Syria and two demonstrators were killed in Talbisseh, north of the city, by security forces Wednesday, said the Local Coordination Committees which groups activists on the ground.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that a 28-year-old woman who was arrested a week ago died under torture in the city of Khan Sheikhoun on Wednesday.
In Palmyra, 245 kilometers east of Damascus, one person who was wounded at a funeral a fortnight ago also died.
Military and security forces arrested 27 people in the Harasta suburb of Damascus Wednesday morning, after sealing off the district and arresting 120 people the previous day, the Observatory added.
The industrial district, 10 kilometers northeast of Damascus, has been the scene of protests since anti-regime protests broke out in mid-March.
Rallies erupted Tuesday night in the Damascus suburbs of Douma, Daraya, Kanaker, Zabadani, Madaya and Kisweh, witnesses said.
European nations and the United States pressed Wednesday for U.N. sanctions against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his entourage for their deadly crackdown on opposition protests.