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Syrian government buries Damascus bomb dead

Thousands of people have taken part in a massive government-organised funeral ceremony for victims of Friday's bomb attack in the capital Damascus.

At least 26 people died in the attack, some of them from the security forces.

The government has vowed to "strike back with an iron fist" against the perpetrators, but opponents accuse the authorities of staging the attack.

Meanwhile at least 17 people died in clashes across Syria, the opposition says, as Arab League monitors visit, as BBC's Jonathan Head reports.

  • 07 Jan 2012