Sunday, April 3, 2011

Syrian police fired on demonstrators in different parts of the country

At least nine people were killed Friday in a neighborhood of Damascus and six others were injured in clashes between security forces and opposition protesters, said the Qatari Al-Jazeera network. Al Jazeera's correspondent in Damascus said it had received information from various sources on the number of victims in the neighborhood of Doma, but added that he could not confirm the information independently.

Sources of human rights organizations in Syria told the same network that had information that at least one person died in the neighborhood of Damascus, located about twenty minutes from downtown. In Oms a group of gunmen fired on a small anti-government demonstration in the district of Bayada.

A girl died after being hit by bullets. The casualties occurred during the demonstrations today in different parts of Syria to demand political reform of the regime of Bashar al-Assad, who has eleven years in power, since he succeeded his father, Hafez al-Assad. In order to avoid a repeat of the protests have intensified since 18 March, the Damascus government on Friday declared as working day, contrary to the tradition of this country and almost all nations in the region.

Al Arabiya is reporting that at least twelve people have died in similar clashes in the city of Dera. Several protests erupted in three cities against the government of Syrian Baath party after Friday prayers, said activists, two days after President Bashar al-Assad said that the demonstrations demanding freedom was a foreign conspiracy.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Damascus and its environs, where security forces fired tear gas on protesters in the suburb of Douma and the coastal cities of Latakia and Banias, they added. "The regime is using a new tactic.'s Not just security forces confronting the protesters, but are just brutal," said an activist.

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