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    The number of Syrian servicemen killed in an ambush on an armed forces unit in the country's northwest has risen to nine, the Syrian SANA news agency reported on Monday.

    The number of Syrian servicemen killed in an ambush on an armed forces unit in the country's northwest has risen to nine, the Syrian SANA news agency reported on Monday.

    The armed forces unit came under attack at a highway between the port cities of Latakia and Tartus on Sunday afternoon. Seven soldiers and two officers are among those killed, Sana said, quoting an official source.

    Previous reports said one serviceman had been killed and dozens injured.

    The agency said armed groups opened fire on ambulances, which arrived on the scene after the attack. An ambulance driver and nurses are among the many wounded.

    Syrian media reports said at least 19 police and Security Forces officers were killed in clashes in the southern city of Daraa at the border with Jordan on Friday.

    Public unrest began in Daraa in mid-March after police arrested a group of school students for painting anti-government slogans on walls. The incident sparked a wave of protests across the country.

    Reports say at least 90 people have been killed in clashes with Syrian security forces since the unrest began.

    DAMASCUS, April 11 (RIA Novosti) 

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