Syrian mourners gather in Kurdish city for funeral



BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian rights activist says hundreds of Kurdish mourners are gathering in a northeastern city for the funeral of five people killed by security forces.

Mustafa Osso also says more than a 100 security agents in uniform have deployed in the main square of Qamishli ahead of the funeral, as unrest builds in the majority-Kurdish region.

Sunday’s procession comes a day after more than 50,000 mourners marched through Qamishli to mourn prominent opposition figure Mashaal Tammo. Security forces fired into the crowds, killing five people.

Tammo was assassinated Friday.

The turnout Saturday was by far the largest in the Kurdish northeast since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s autocratic regime seven months ago.