Over 50 people killed in fighting in Syria, human rights activists say

Cairo, Apr 11 (EFE).- More than 50 people, including women and children, died in attacks by government security forces and clashes in the southern Syrian province of Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday.

At least 32 civilians died Wednesday in the villages of Al Sanmi and Al Gabagueb, the group's director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told Efe by telephone.

Security forces also killed 19 opposition fighters in clashes, Rahman said.

The fighting left 51 people dead, a representative of the Sham Network in Daraa, Kesar Habib, told Efe in an e-mail.

Security forces members executed some people in the area, Habib said.

The army killed several fighters in Daraa al-Balad and on the al-Tailin road near Da'il in an operation targeting "armed terrorist groups," the official Sana news agency reported, citing a military commander.

No independent confirmation of the casualty figures has been obtained due to restrictions imposed by the government on the press.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against Bashar Assad's regime started in March 2011.