Protests Continue in Syria

Via the BBC:  Syria unrest: fresh protests erupt

Fresh demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime have erupted across Syria, with reports of at least eight people killed by security forces.

Activists and witnesses said security forces had opened fire in Homs, Damascus, and Deir al-Zour in the east.

Official media played down the size of the protests, but said a number of policemen had been shot and wounded.

Some sobering numbers:

The UN says that at least 1,100 people have died as the government has cracked down on demonstrations that began in March.

Syrian rights groups put the overall death toll in Syria at 1,297 civilians and 340 security force members.


At least 9,000 Syrian refugees have now fled across the border into Turkey, and Ankara says it will supply humanitarian aid to some 10,000 people who are stranded on the Syrian side of the border.

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