Syrian security forces gunfire kills 16

Arab World Materials 22 September 2011 11:14
Syrian security forces gunfire kills 16
Syrian security forces gunfire kills 16

Azerbaijan , Baku, Sept. 22 / Trend A. Isgandarov /

Syrian security forces continued brutal crackdown on anti- governmental protesters killing at least 16 across the country, Syrian Revolution General Commission said, Al Jazeera reported.

The Army and security forces have launched large scale arrests and raids in different parts of Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement that security forces have killed at least four, including a woman in Homs.

Meanwhile, residents in different regions went out on protests demanding the regime's ouster.

The mass riots have begun in the Syrian city Dera'a in mid-March. Arrest of a group of schoolchildren, who had written the anti-government slogans on the walls, was reported to cause the protests. People appeared in the streets demanding to release the adolescents. The troops entered the city to suppress the anti-government protests. They used tanks and artillery to disperse mass demonstrations.

According to official data, about 500 soldiers and members of security forces were killed since the events as a result of actions of "armed terrorist elements"

According to the UN, more than 2,700 people have been killed in Syria since protests began more than six months ago.

For its part, the government refuses all accusations and says hundreds of its personnel have been killed in the battle with armed terrorist groups