Friday, July 22, 2011

Syria Forces Kill Five Protesters in Aleppo, Homs as Thousands Demonstrate

Syrian forces killed five protesters during anti-government rallies in the cities of Aleppo and Homs as thousands of demonstrators across the country defied stepped- up security, a human-rights activist said.

Demonstrators were also shot at in Qamishli and Daraa, leaving some people wounded, Ammar Qurabi, of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria, said in a phone interview.

Protesters gathered in the cities of Hama in the west, Homs in central Syria and Latakia on the Mediterranean, as well as the northern city of Qamishli, home to the Kurdish minority, said Qurabi and Mahmoud Merhi, of the Arab Organization for Human Rights. There were also rallies in the southern province of Daraa, where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's government began fourth months ago, they said.

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