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Syrian Forces Detain Homs Residents Amid Gunfire, Activist Says

Syrian security forces deployed in the central city of Homs overnight and detained residents, hours after six protesters, including four women, were shot and killed in the port city of Banias, a local activist said today.

Heavy gunfire was heard in Homs, home to one of the country’s two refineries, during the night, Mahmoud Merhi, head of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, said in a telephone interview from Damascus.