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SYRIA: Gunmen and Clashes on Friday

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SYRIA- "Regime has lost legitimacy!" this was the title of the 14th Friday at the Syrian Uprising; as they most sites used to name it online.

After more than one hundred days, Syria turmoil continue with more numbers, more stories and videos pushing forward to be circulating online asking for more pressures at Syria`s regime.

Thousands of Syrian protesters poured down city streets and a main highway Friday to press demands for freedom. There was gunfire and killings; at least 15 people activists said.

For her part, Syrian regime said that “Seven civilians and law-enforcement personnel were martyred and others were injured at the hands of armed groups that opened fire on gatherings of civilians following the Friday prayers in a number of areas.” according to State media agency, Syria Arab News Agency (SANA).



State media have started earlier this month to deal with protests news and sending “Breaking News” along its all channels Radios and TVs, yet it hosts pro-regime critics to debate about Friday`s protests and to defeat foreign plots which had been promoting for sectarian conflict in Syria; as State media used to describe it.

Activists online said that more people and more cities have participated this Friday, while SANA and State media said that just few people participated at few demonstrations followed Friday`s prayers at some places inside Syria.

“Gatherings of dozens and hundreds took place in Barzeh, al-Qaboun, al-Midan, al-Qadam, al-Kisweh, Qatana and al-Hajar al-Aswad which were exploited by armed groups that attacked law-enforcement personnel.” SANA reported.

The armed groups opened fire on law-enforcement forces in al-Qadam area, martyring an officer, while gunmen opened fire on law-enforcement forces in Barzeh and killed three innocent civilians and an officer from law-enforcement forces, according to SANA.

SANA added that similar events took place in al-Kisweh where several law-enforcement personnel were injured when gunmen opened fire on them, while demonstrations finished peacefully at all other places.

Except for “An exchange of fire took place between Law-Enforcement forces and armed groups in al-Bayyada, Homs countryside, and some saboteurs attacked a number of the private shops in Bab al-Siba'a” according to SANA reporter in Homs.

Activists and Local Coordination Committees told foreign media, TVs and online ones, that five people were killed by gunfire this Friday in Barzeh, a Damascus district 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the city center; while Syrian state television offered another version, saying gunmen, otherwise unidentified, had opened fire on security personnel and civilians, killing three civilians and wounding several security force members.

Five other fatalities occurred in al-Kasweh, a suburb of the capital; four in the central city of Homs, and one in Hama, also in central Syria, said the Local Coordination Committees (LCC). Protests in several other provinces also came under fire but it was not immediately clear whether there were casualties, according to the LCC spokesman.

In northern Syria, activists said at least 15,000 people staged a protest along the highway linking the country's two main cities, Damascus and Aleppo. Thousands marched in Amouda and Qamishli in the northeast and in other provinces, said Syria-based human rights activist Mustafa Osso.

Osso and the LCC both reported a few soldiers defected in al-Kasweh after security forces shot at protesters, resulting in a shootout between loyal soldiers and defectors. Syrian TV swiftly denied the mutiny report, saying the army wasn't even inside al-Kasweh city on Friday “A media source refuted news broadcast by al-Arabiya satellite channel alleging that the Army's 1st Division in al- Kisweh defected, affirming that the Army has not entered the town at all.”.

The report from Osso, which he said came from protesters and other area residents could not be independently verified, said Associated Press.

Activists said that protests also erupted in western coastal cities and eastern provinces near Iraq.

A day earlier Syrian troops swept to the northern border with Turkey, prompting another 1,500 refugees to flee across the frontier into camps which Turkish officials say now host more than 11,000 refugees.
Syrian television said on Friday army units were "completing their deployment" in border villages. It said there had been no casualties during the operation and that soldiers were greeted with traditional welcomes of flowers and rice by residents.

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