The situation suddently heats up:

At least 15 people were reportedly shot dead by Syrian security forces in an operation against pro-democracy demonstrators in the southern Syrian city of Daraa. ... The violence began when hundreds of people gathered at a mosque, the focus of rallies since March 18, to prevent police from storming a protest tent camp and makeshift field hospital there.

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A rights activist also told AFP news agency that security forces had opened fire on mourners attending the funeral of those killed in Daraa.

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