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Kurds shot dead in northern Syria
Reports from Syria say the security forces have shot dead three Kurds celebrating the Kurdish new year.

At least four others were injured in the incident in the city of Qameshli, near the Turkish border about 700km (420 miles) north of Damascus.

Kurdish witnesses say Syrian riot police opened fire after torches were lit as part of the celebrations.

Another report said Kurds had burned tyres and thrown stones at the police during celebrations on Thursday.

Reports say the dead, aged between 20 and 25, were buried on Friday under a heavy security presence.

Correspondents say the estimated one million Kurds living among Syria's overwhelming Arab population of about 20 million have longstanding grievances and are kept under tight control.

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