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Syrian forces kill teen in Aleppo protests

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian forces opened fired on thousands of protesters in Aleppo today, killing a teenager.

The confrontation comes a day after a raid on dormitories at the city's main university killed four students and forced the closure of the state-run school.

An Aleppo-based activist says the protests were the largest the city has seen since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad in March 2011. Mohammed Saeed says security forces were out in full force, firing live ammunition to disperse protesters and arresting people randomly.

The raid at Aleppo University was an unusually violent incident for the city, a major economic hub that has remained largely loyal to Assad over the course of the 14-month uprising.

Anti-government protests there have been on the rise, and university students -- many from rebellious areas such as the northern Idlib province -- have been staging almost daily demonstrations.

Thousands have also been protesting today in the central provinces of Hama and Homs, in the southern province of Daraa and in suburbs of the capital Damascus.

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