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Monitors 'galvanized' Syria opposition


Security forces in Syria are being accused of using nail bombs and live rounds to quell widespread demonstrations throughout the country and activists say at least 35 people were killed in cities which are being visited by Arab League observers.

Correspondent Mike Thomson has been talking by phone to Syrian people caught in the conflict and Dr Chris Phillips, a Syrian analyst from Queen Mary University in London, analyses the situation.

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