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Syria - Jun 4, 2011 - 16:20

Last modified: 4 Jun 2011 13:20

An eyewitness has confirmed that a plainclothes member of the military secret police was killed at a funeral today in Hama.

The activist told Al Jazeera that the incident took place during the funeral of one of the protesters from yesterday at the Freheen cemetery.

He said that someone had recognised the police officer and that as he pulled his handgun out, mourners stopped him and found his military ID card.

The activist didn’t see the killing, as there were many people in front of him, but said that mourners had strung him up by the neck at the gate of the cemetery after they had killed him.

The activist also told Al Jazeera that doctors had received threats not to treat patients from the protests on Friday. "I have spoken to two doctors from two different hospitals who said that they have been threatened not to treat wounded from yesterday’s protest," he said.

He also said that the six hospitals in the Hama area are struggling to cope with the injured protesters. "There are hundreds of wounded, far too many for the hospitals to handle,” he said. “People have been donating blood and medical supplies today trying to help.”