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Syria uses nail bombs in Douma clashes

2011-12-30 20:04

Nicosia - Syrian forces fired nail bombs to disperse tens of thousands of protesters Friday in the Damascus suburb of Douma and the demonstrators retaliated with stones, activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 24 protesters were hurt when the security forces fired the "nail bombs to disperse tens of thousands of demonstrators in Douma".

"An activist in the city told the Observatory that he was hurt by shrapnel from those bombs," the watchdog added in a statement received by AFP in Nicosia.

The reported use of nail bombs could not be independently verified.

The Observatory said that demonstrators "hurled stones" at the security forces in the vicinity of city hall when they fired stun grenades and tear gas at them.

According to the Observatory, more than 60 000 Syrians flooded the streets of Douma and were heading to the city hall building when the confrontations broke out.

"Between 60 000 and 70 000 demonstrators are heading to city hall," it said, adding that this was "the biggest ever demonstration" to take place in the restive suburb north of Damascus since March.

Comments
  • Michael - 2011-12-31 07:12

    http://www.champress.net/index.php?q=en/Article/view/109447 The public is entitled to receive a a balanced perspective on the news from Syria, not just the foaming at the mouth from the opposition. The story attached would never be published by the foreign media. Truth is that the presence of the AL monitors is very inconvenient to the opposition forces, who might now be revealed for what they are.

      Hunter - 2011-12-31 08:00

      Very interesting site, Michael. Somewhere between their reprots and the "western" news we shall have the truth as well. I think they are just as much a propaganda machine as is the western press.

      Gerhard - 2011-12-31 15:07

      Since when do you condone tank fire on protesters?

      Gerhard - 2011-12-31 15:12

      @Hunter, propaganda does not really exist. It merely is another point of view.

      Hunter - 2011-12-31 16:11

      I never condoned tanks firing on any one. If you go to the site listed, it is absolutely quiet about that in fact. It only reports on the pro-Assad side of things - not balanced. Just as none of the, normally regarded to be western news agencies, does not report on the pro-Assad gatherings and only the attacks on the anti-Assad faction. I agree that propaganda could be regarded as a different point of view, but news agencies should report all points of view, not favour a certain one. The latter makes it more propoganda than news.

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