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At least eight people were killed in Syria Friday as security agents used force and live ammunition against protesters rallying against President Bashar al-Assad and his regime.

Three were shot in the central city of Homs, and 11 were injured, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported online.

A 16-year-old was killed in Dael town, in the southern Daraa province, where heavy shooting had been reported since morning. Activists also said that tanks moved from the outskirts of the city into Al-Awsat street where the protesters gathered.

Violent crackdown on protesters left another four dead in Damascus countryside, Aleppo and Deir al-Zour.

Syrian rights groups say a total of 1,300 civilians and more than 300 soldiers and police have been killed since the uprising against al-Assad began in March, while the UN put the death toll at 1,100.

The death toll is difficult to verify as foreign journalists and international human rights groups have been denied access. More than 10,000 people have been detained.

Tens of thousands took to the streets across Syria after Friday prayers demanding al-Assad’s resignation.

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