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Activists say at least 100 killed in Syrian town

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Pro-regime protesters chant slogans during a rally at Umayyad Square in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Syrian troops assaulting a northwest town with machine gun fire and shelling have killed dozens in one of the deadliest episodes of the 9-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assads regime, activists said Wednesday.

Pro-regime protesters chant slogans during a rally at Umayyad Square in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Syrian troops assaulting a northwest town with machine gun fire and shelling have killed dozens in one of the deadliest episodes of the 9-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime, activists said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Muzaffar Salman)

Activists say Syrian troops have killed at least 100 people in a northwest town in one of the deadliest incidents since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the killings occurred in the town of Kfar Owaid in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday. It says 111 people died. The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, says more than 100 people were killed in the town.

The two groups had earlier reported that regime troops attacked the town with heavy machine gun fire and shelling, killing dozens.

The U.N. says more than 5,000 people have been killed in the crackdown.

Wednesday's reports come ahead of the arrival of an Arab League advance team to prepare for an observer mission.

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