Funeral processions have been held in Damascus for the victims of anti-government guerrillas.
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Background: Funeral processions have been held in Damascus for the victims of anti-government guerrillas.
SYNOPSIS: The two victims were killed Tuesday (16 December). Doctor Youssef Sayegh, a professor at Damascus University, was shot while entering his clinic. Just a half hour later, a prominent Sunni Moslem, Shaikh Muhammad Adnan Ladkani, was gunned down as he left his house. An official spokesman blamed anti-government extremists, the 'Moslem Brotherhood', for the killings. The organisation, founded more than 50 years ago, has been accused of a series of recent political murders. It's a fundamentalist Islamic group which aims to remove all western or Marxist influence from Moslem countries.
The killings - the first in some weeks - occurred despite earlier Syrian government claims that the Brotherhood had been smashed. Alleged Jordanian support for the Brotherhood was one of the factors which led to this month's border confrontation between Syria and Jordan. Syria says Jordan provides the Brother hood with training facilities. However, Jordan has strongly denied backing the group, although it's allowed to legally operate the
The Brotherhood's latest campaign began in 1975. The unrest culminated in an unsuccessful assassination attempt against Syrian President Hafez al-Assad last summer.