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The witness, who lives in the area, told Reuters by phone that Pro-Assad militiamen, known as shabbiha, and secret police agents hit the protesters with automatic rifle fire after they defied the heavy security presence and refused to leave the Abdel Karim al-Rifai mosque in Kfar Souseh neighbourhood.

Syria bars most independent journalists from the country, making first-hand reporting impossible. There was no immediate comment from the authorities.

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