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BBC reporter describes 'heavy security' on the streets of Deraa

At least six people have died after security forces fired on protesters outside a mosque in the Syrian city of Deraa, human rights activists say.

The Omari mosque has been the focus of anti-government demonstrations - at least 10 people have now been killed in clashes.

The BBC's Lina Sinjab is one of the few journalists to reach Deraa and described the situation in the city.

  • 23 Mar 2011