6 killed in Syria demonstrations

2012-05-25 14:00

Damascus - Syrian regime forces killed six civilians on Friday, as democracy activists took to the streets of Damascus and Aleppo, Syria's two largest cities, a monitoring group reported.

In the central province of Hama, four people were killed early on Friday by regime forces, including three teenagers, as they guarded their farm in the village of Chizar, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, citing activists.

A fifth person reportedly died in the Sabounie district of the provincial capital.

An unspecified number of army soldiers were also wounded in clashes with deserters that erupted in Sahl al-Ghab, in the same region, the Observatory said.

In the southern province of Daraa, the birthplace of the Syrian uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a civilian was reportedly killed in an ambush on the road to Saida.

Democracy activists meanwhile called for demonstrations on Friday under the slogan: "Our next rendezvous, Damascus", reflecting their desire to intensify their activities in the Syrian capital, despite the heavy presence there of security agents.

Protests were reported at dawn in at least five residential neighbourhoods in Damascus in support of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), made up largely of dissidents from the regular army, and calling for Assad's downfall.

"Al-Tadamon neighbourhood will not bend," read one placard, while in Tabbale, the protesters called on "the Sheikhs of Damascus to distance themselves from the regime", according to videos posted by activists on the internet.

"The Free Syrian Army, make the shabiha cowards flee," read another placard in the pro-rebel neighbourhood of Al-Assali, referring to the paramilitary supporters of the Syrian regime.

On Thursday, violence across Syria left 34 people dead, including 24 civilians, one deserter and nine soldiers, according to the Observatory.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-25 18:48

    The killings just go on and on and on !!9000-----10 000-----11 000 !! And the world just stand by, and does nothing ! But the Syrian opposition, together with the 60 000 strong FSA, does not need ANY foreign support. They are more determent than ever; They will get rid of this EVIL assad family !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-26 13:46

      Dear Editor, Just between you and me, and I promise I won't tell anyone....... Do you sometimes play games with the "thumbs up and thumbs down" ??? Let me explain to you why I say so ! Firstly you know, I dont have a problem with "thumbs down" , as long as someone reads my posts, I am happy. You remember a few months ago, with a comment I made , to free Jacky Selebi, I got more than 700 'thumbs down' than a few days later, I made a simular comment, and got another few hundred 'downs' more No problem at all. But, like last nite, on my above comment, while I was online, within 10 minutes I got 14 'thumbs down' You know yourself, unless you praise JZ or JM, that is almost impossible. And this has happened a few times now..........!! But, its fine, just thought I mention this to you, and if you are having fun; Go for it !!!

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