Friday, May 20, 2011

Syrian troops fire during rally by thousands calling for regime change; 3 die in central city

By Associated Press,
BEIRUT — Protest organizers in Syria say security forces have fired on an anti-regime demonstration in the central city of Homs, killing three people.
Syria has launched a bloody crackdown over the past two months on an unprecedented uprising against President Bashar Assad, unleashing the army and security forces to crush dissent. Human rights groups say more than 850 people have been killed in the crackdown.
Syria has blamed the unrest on armed thugs and foreign agitators.
A group of local committees in Syria help organize the protests. The committee in Homs confirmed the three killed on Friday.
According to the organizers, there were also protests on Friday in the Mediterranean port of Banias, the central city of Hama and the coastal city of Latakia.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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