Reports of funeral, police shootings raise tensions in Syria

(CNN) — Tensions flared outside the Syrian capital of Damascus on Tuesday as reports surfaced of a massive funeral for a man apparently shot dead by security forces in one town and two police officers apparently killed during a patrol elsewhere.

Eyewitness Abou Assad told CNN that around 6,000 mourners were in Moathamia for the funeral of Ahmad al Doumarani, a gathering that turned into the latest mass display of anti-government fervor in the restive country.

The witness said security forces killed al Domarani and wounded two other men early Tuesday, and al Domarani’s burial was held later at a mosque. He added the men were workers and were headed home, but he couldn’t provide any further detail about why and how the violence occurred.

CNN cannot independently verify witness accounts from Syria.

Syrian TV reported that unidentified men shot and killed two police officers, Hassan Maala and Hameed Al-Khatib, during a routine patrol in the town of Kafar Batna. There were no further details.

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