Scores of Syrians flee violence to Lebanon

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Lebanese security officials say scores of Syrians have crossed into Lebanon fleeing violence in their country.

The officials say that among those who entered Lebanon today was a 26-year-old man who suffered a gunshot in his back. He was admitted to a hospital in northern Lebanon, the officials said on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The officials said cracks of gunfire in the western Syrian town of Talkalakh could be heard on the Lebanese side of the border. Hundreds of Syrians fled the area in past weeks.

The shooting in Talkalakh comes a day after Syrian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters, killing at least six people.

Human rights groups say more than 775 people have been killed since the start of the protest movement in Syria in mid-March.

Meanwhile it was reported that protestors in the southern Yemen city of Taiz were shot at today, with at least seven people injured.

Witnesses described non-uniformed men firing from rooftops in the city. The protesters were demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule.