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Syrian security forces killed at least nine people when they opened fire on thousands at funeral processions Saturday.
The crackdown comes just one day after security forces killed at least 76 people in the deadliest day of monthlong protests against authoritarian President Bashar Assad.
The mounting death toll prompted two Syrian lawmakers to resign in disgust over the killings. The lawmakers, Nasser Hariri and Khalil Rifai, are from the southern region of Daraa that unleashed the protest movement in mid-March after a group of teenagers were arrested there for scrawling anti-regime graffiti on a wall.
"If I cannot protect the chests of my people from these treacherous strikes, then there is no meaning for me to stay in the People's Assembly. I declare my resignation," Hariri told Al-Jazeera in an interview.
The resignations were exceedingly rare in Syria,
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