At Least 49 Killed In Syrian Protests: Activist

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At least 49 people were killed in demonstrations across Syria on Friday, a prominent activist said, the highest death toll in a single day since protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad erupted last month.

Supporters and members of Islamist party "Hizb Ut-Tahrir" wave their party's flags and chant slogans during a protest in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, to express solidarity with Syria's protesters, April 22, 2011.

At least 49 people were killed in demonstrations across Syria on Friday, a prominent activist said, the highest death toll in a single day since protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad erupted last month.

"At least 49 people were killed. There are a lot of wounded and many people are missing. We believe there are at least 20 people missing, some believe they are dead," activist Ammar Qurabi said. He said most of the dead had been shot, and a few died after inhaling teargas.

Syrian anti-government protesters march during a demonstration following Friday prayers in the central city of Homs, Syria, Friday, April 22, 2011. Syrian security forces fired live bullets and tear gas Friday at tens of thousands of people shouting for freedom and democracy, wounding about 10 people on a day that could be a major test of whether President Bashar Assad's promises of sweeping reform will quell the monthlong uprising. Security forces opened fire in Homs, wounding at least seven people according to eyewitnesses.

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