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Syria: Death Toll Continues to Rise

ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- The death toll in Syria continued to rise Saturday, as there were reports that at least eight people were killed by security forces.

Thousands of mourners reportedly gathered at funerals in and around Damascus on Saturday, when witnesses say security forces opened fire on mourners, killing at least eight. Saturday’s fatalities followed a bloody day on Friday when at least 75 people were killed.

Anti-government demonstrators have been calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad from office. At least 280 people have reportedly been killed since protests began in March, according to BBC News.

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