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10 killed in Syrian protests denouncing crackdown in Hama

Arab World Materials 5 August 2011 23:02 (UTC +04:00)
Activists said at least 10 people were killed Friday when Syrian security forces tried to disperse country-wide anti-government protests in support for Hama city, DPA reported.
10 killed in Syrian protests denouncing crackdown in Hama

Activists said at least 10 people were killed Friday when Syrian security forces tried to disperse country-wide anti-government protests in support for Hama city, DPA reported.

The protesters were denouncing the harsh government crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in the central city of Hama, which has been besieged by tanks and security forces for weeks. At least 100 people were killed on Thursday when security forces fired on demonstrators there.

Most of Friday's deaths occurred in the Damascus suburban area of Arbeen, said the opposition group the Local Coordination Committees of Syria. It added that security forces had fired on protesters from ambulances.

One protester was killed in the Damascus suburb Maadamiyah, and two others were killed in the central city of Homs.

More than 1,650 civilians and around 350 security personnel have been killed since protests started in Syria in mid-March, local human rights advocates say.

Protesters took to the streets in the capital Damascus, the southern province of Daraa, and Deir al-Zour in the east.

An online video purportedly filmed on Friday showed dozens of people protesting in the southwestern Houran area chanting "We will kneel only before God," and "He who kills his people is a traitor."

Activists added that security forces had encircled mosques in several parts of Syria to prevent worshippers from joining protests.

The broadcaster Al Jazeera quoted an unidentified witness as saying that the Syrian army had not allowed worshippers to go to mosques in the central city of Hama, which has been for weeks the focal point for protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, the official SANA news agency reported that two members of the security forces were killed and eight wounded in an ambush on a road in the north-western Idlib region, near the Turkish border.

Two other security personnel were injured when armed men stationed on a building's rooftop in the Damascus suburb of Douma opened fire on them, SANA reported.

Anti-government protesters have intensified their opposition to al-Assad's government since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on August 1.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday put the estimated death toll since March at as high as 2,000, citing the recent shooting death of a 1-year-old as a "very stark example of what is going on."

It is hard to verify reports from the country as the authorities have barred most foreign media and international human rights activists from the country.

In Egypt, members of the Muslim Brotherhood group held a demonstration in front of the Syrian embassy to denounce violence against civilians. Hundreds called on al-Assad to leave and demanded Egypt to cut its diplomatic relations with Syria.

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