Saturday, July 16, 2011

Syria lives another 'Friday blood' with dozens of dead

London .- At least 16 people have died in the various demonstrations that Friday in Syria, four of them in Damascus, according to local sources of Human Rights. The state news agency, SANA, reported that a member of the security forces have killed and eight wounded in Homs. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets Friday to celebrate the 'Friday the Prisoners of Freedom' and demand an end to the regime of Bashar al Assad.

The highest concentrations of Friday have been recorded in Deir Ezzor (a city in eastern tribal and desert), where according to Al Jazeera have left around 120,000 protesters, and Homs, where thousands of people attended the funeral of a protester and where according to Al Arabiya, heavy gunfire was heard.

A journalist who reports from Damac under the pseudonym Ali Nur reported the British newspaper The Guardian, citing Human Rights, at least 16 dead. According to the journalist, at least three people have died in the Damascus neighborhood of Rukn al Deen and a fourth person died in Midan, in the heart of the capital.

Besides, "reported deaths" in another neighborhood of Damascus, Qabun, and activists have accused the security forces used batons and tear gas in the capital and even live ammunition in two nearby towns and Harasta Barzeh. Opposition sources have reported that three demonstrators died Friday after being shot by security forces in Idlib, in northwestern Syria.

According to Al Arabiya television, quoting sources close to government movements, the Army has entered Idlib and snipers deployed in the city. Also, opposition sources have reported that Syrian security forces have opened fire with live ammunition near the mosque Omari Deraa, in the south, to prevent a demonstration at the end of Friday prayers.

In addition, tens of thousands of people have defied the tanks surrounding the access to Hama and taken the Orontes Square, the main town square, following the Friday prayer calling for the "fall of the regime." "The authorities have reacted to the rejection of the opposition to participate in a dialogue that the regime wanted to control for encurbrir the murders," he told Reuters from Damascus, an opposition leader, Louay Hussain.

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