Protesters wave their national flag during a pro-democracy rally in Hama, Syria, on November 4
An image from a video uploaded on YouTube shows anti-regime protesters during a pro-democracy rally in Hama, Syria, November 4. AFP was not able to cover this event and cannot independently verify this image. Security forces on Sunday pressed a crackdown on dissent, killing five people in the central cities of Homs and Hama, rights activists said, adding two soldiers were killed in an ambush. © - AFP/YouTube/File
Protesters wave their national flag during a pro-democracy rally in Hama, Syria, on November 4
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Last updated: November 13, 2011

Rights group: 5 killed as Syria presses crackdown

Syrian security forces on Sunday pressed a crackdown on dissent, killing five people in the central cities of Homs and Hama, rights activists said, adding two soldiers were killed in an ambush.

"Security forces opened fire killing four people in Hama," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an email received in Nicosia.

In the central city of Homs, snipers killed one person on Cairo Street early in the morning, said the Observatory, which reported a similar incident in the same place the previous day.

Meanwhile, engineering students were injured by a "round of mortar" fire which hit their faculty building in Baath University, also in Homs, the same source added.

And two citizens, one in Homs and the other in Hama, died from gunshot wounds suffered the previous day.

Gunmen believed to be defectors ambushed and killed two soldiers patrolling town of Qusayr, near Homs, the Observatory said.

The deaths come one day after the Arab League decided to suspend Syria from the pan-Arab body as punishment for its brutal crackdown on dissent which has left more than 3,500 Syrians dead, according to UN figures.

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