10 killed as Syrians stage mass protests

10 killed as Syrians stage mass protests

Clashes erupted in Syria on Friday as hundreds of thousands filled the streets to demonstrate against the government of President Bashar al-Assad and activists said at least 10 people were shot dead.

Demonstrators determined to show the strength of their movement to Arab League monitors deployed in hotspots across the country threw rocks at security forces in the Damascus suburb of Douma where troops tear-gassed the chanting crowds.

Five people were shot dead in the city of Hama and five in the city of Deraa in the south.
“Five were martyred on Friday and at least 20 wounded when the Syrian security forces opened fire,” the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, referring to Hama. It said security forces fired at tens of thousands of protesters in the northern province of Idlib, wounding 25.

At least two dozen were injured in the Damascus suburb of Douma, activists said. One report said army defectors in Douma were engaged in armed clashes with troops. There were no further details.

Some 250,000 gathered after Friday’s prayer in the northern province of Idlib at 74 different locations, according to the Observatory, an opposition network relaying activist reports.

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