Syrian security forces fire on funeral killing 1

October 18, 2011 - 5:25 AM
Mideast Syria

In this photo taken during a government-organised tour for media, Syrian boys play at a square of Rastan town, in the central province of Homs, Syria, on Thursday Oct. 13, 2011. Rastan recently witnessed some of the most intense clashes since the uprising began in mid-March. Syrian army took the town earlier this month after a five-day offensive. Syrian troops clashed Thursday with armed men believed to be military defectors in a southern village and a northwestern town, killing at least 13 people in the latest sign that the 7-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad is becoming increasingly militarized, activists said. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian security forces have opened fire on a funeral procession in Damascus killing at least one person.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees, an opposition group, say at least five people were also wounded Saturday in the central neighborhood of Midan during the funeral of a teenager killed a day earlier.

On Friday, security forces opened fire at protesters in different parts of Syria killing at least 11.

The uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in mid-March amid a wave of anti-government protests in the Arab world that toppled autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Assad retaliated with a crackdown that according to the U.N. has left more than 3,000 dead.