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Syria forces kill nine deserters

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Afp, Damascus

Syrian forces ambushed and killed nine army deserters in a north Damascus suburb yesterday, a human rights watchdog said, as Nato ruled out military action against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
The bloodletting also appeared to spill over into neighbouring Lebanon where two people were killed overnight in street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in Beirut, a security official said.
The latest violence in Syria comes after a rocket-propelled grenade exploded on Sunday near a team of UN observers in a Damascus suburb.
The nine army deserters were killed as they were retreating under cover of darkness from the village of Jisr al-Ab, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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