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16 killed in demos in Syria

Arab World Materials 6 October 2011 11:55
Sixteen people, including five dissidents, were killed during the protests in the cities of Syria, Al Jazeera Channel reported.
16 killed in demos in Syria

Azerbaijan , Baku, Oct. 6 / Trend E. Kosolapova

Sixteen people, including five dissidents, were killed during the protests in the cities of Syria, Al Jazeera Channel reported.

Hundreds of people rallied to protest against veto of China and Russia, which blocked adopting a resolution against the Syrian government.

China and Russia vetoed on Tuesday a European Union-backed resolution in which the United Nations would have called for the Syrian government to respect the human rights of pro-democracy protesters, dpa reported.

Nine of the 15 UN Security Council members voted in favor, but the vetoes by the two permanent members made the resolution failed to be accepted.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is preparing a package of sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad despite the UN Security Council did not accept a resolution on Syria.

Mass protests in Syria began in mid-March in Dera'a, the country's south, then spreading to other regions. According to Syria's Presidential Adviser Bouthaina Shaaban, 1,400 people died. Half of those dead were members of the army and security forces. According to the UN, there are 3,600 people dead.

The opposition is demanding the resignation of Syria's President Asad and seeking political reforms. The regime's opponents have formed a Transitional National Council to form an oppositional body of power.

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