DAMASCUS- Damascus was quite today while thousands of mourners at a funeral in the southern city of Deraa, where dozens have been killed in anti-government protests since last week, burned a ruling Baath party building and a police station on Saturday.
SANA reported on Saturday “An official source said an armed group seized rooftops in some districts of Lattakia, opening fire at passers-by, citizens and security forces personnel.”
A human rights lawyer said on Saturday that 260 prisoners, mostly Islamists, had been released after completing at least three-quarters of their sentences. The move came after President Bashar al-Assad pledged Thursday to move forward with political and economic reforms to appease opponents. In the past, such promises have been made but gone undelivered.
Dozens of people have been killed over the past week around the southern city of Deraa, medical officials said. There were reports of more than 20 new deaths on Friday.
Syrian authorities released all those arrested in the Deraa region since the protests erupted, an official statement said, without giving a figure.
Reuters reported today Saturday “Syria has withdrawn the accreditation of a Reuters correspondent, saying he had filed "unprofessional and false" coverage of events in Syria.”