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The Syrian opposition Local Coordinating Committees activist group said that 56 people were killed Friday by the forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al Assad… 15 were killed in the city of Homs in northwestern Syria and 16 in Daraa the flashpoint of the Syrian revolt.

Just like every Friday since the revolt began last March 15 tens of thousands of protesters defied the government forces in the provinces of Homs, Idlib, Hama and Daraa, chanting anti-regime slogans during mass rallies held after noon time prayers.

The government has ignored the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the continuing violence and calling on President Assad to step down.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday strongly condemned the Syrian regime for ‘butchering’ its people.

‘What is happening in Syria is appalling. You have a government that is butchering and murdering its own people,’ Cameron told a joint press conference with Sarkozy in Paris

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