Syrian security forces kill eight people, activists say
Syrian security forces killed eight people in an operation that lasted until dawn Thursday in various areas of the country, activists said Thursday, dpa reported.
Omar Idlibi, spokesman for the Local Coordination Committees, a network of anti-government activists, said that "demonstrations will grip all Syria on Thursday marking six months since the uprising erupted against the regime" of President Bashar al-Assad.
"Six months. More than ever determined to continue the March 15 uprising," activists wrote on Facebook page The Syrian Revolution 2011, a motor of the popular revolt.
On Wednesday, security and military forces intensified a house-to-house arrest campaign in the north-western province of Idlib, hunting down army defectors, according to opposition activists.
More than 40 people were arrested in the Jabal al-Zawiya region of Idlib, Idlibi said early Thursday.
News from Syria is hard to verify as the government has barred most foreign media and human rights organizations from the country since pro-democracy protests erupted in March.
An estimated 2,600 people have been killed since protests started in Syria in mid-March, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.