Published: Apr 10, 2011 7:05 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 10, 2011 4:05 PM EDT

 

BEIRUT (AP) - A witness says Syrian security forces have killed four protesters and wounded dozens in a coastal city.
 
The witness says the names of the dead were read out on mosque loudspeakers Sunday in the port city of Banias. He said most of the shooting occurred in the Ras al-Nabeh neighborhood Sunday afternoon.
 
He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of government reprisals.
 
Earlier Sunday, army tanks and soldiers circled the city to prevent people from entering.
 
Protests erupted in Syria more than three weeks ago and have been growing steadily every week, with tens of thousands of people calling for sweeping reforms in President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime. More than 170 people have been killed.

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