Syrian forces kill at least 10 protesters: Watchdog
Syrian forces opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Daraa on Friday and in Hama in the centre, killing at least 10, as massive anti-regime protests were held across the country, a watchdog said.world Updated: Dec 30, 2011 19:17 IST
Syrian forces opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Daraa on Friday and in Hama in the centre, killing at least 10, as massive anti-regime protests were held across the country, a watchdog said.
"So far, at least five civilians were martyred when security forces opened fire on protesters in the city of Daraa," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
In Hama "at least five civilians were killed and more than 20 wounded when the security forces opened fire in Al-Hamidiyeh and Al-Hader neighbourhoods," it said.
Daraa is the cradle of the unprecedented nine-month protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which has ruled Syria with an iron fist for 11 years.
The watchdog also reported that more than 25 people were wounded when regime forces fired bullets and tear gas to prevent tens of thousands of protesters from holding a sit-in in the northwestern city of Idlib.
Tens of thousands of Syrians responded to a call by Internet activists and took to the streets in towns across the country on Friday in a bid to make their voices heard by monitors deployed to oversee an Arab League peace plan.
First Published: Dec 30, 2011 19:10 IST