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Syria: Protests & Crackdown on Friday

(Dp-news) SYRIA- On the second Friday at Ramadan, and the 20th since uprising started in Syria, clashes have been following the prayers. Protesters erupted outside mosques while authorities have backed up forces to crack them down. No matter how hot weather was or how bold Pro\Anti-regime was. This Friday got the name "We will not kneel!" which show defiance to Syrian regime official policy.

Even though Syrian authorities had banned independent media; making it difficult to verify events on the ground; news have been keeping leaked outside Syria. Especially the most updated protests` news and reports. International Media Agencies used to quote activists, local and abroad, who used to document demonstrations and protests in order to upload it along their social networks.

Syrian forces widened a countrywide crackdown early Friday in defiance of growing international demands for an immediate end to violence, launching dawn raids that killed a woman near the Turkish border and a male protester in a Damascus suburb; Foreign media agencies reported according to reports gathered by Syrian activists.

Early Friday also, Syrian tanks and troops raided Khan Sheikhon, a town in the northern province of Idlib near the Turkish border, killing one woman, according to the Observatory for Human Rights, based in London.
In Saqba, a suburb of the Syrian capital, Syrian forces opened fire on protesters who gathered after dawn prayers, killing one man, according to the Local Coordination Committees, a coalition of opposition groups.

Associated Press (AP) said “At least one protester was killed in the central city of Homs, activists said. Military raids earlier in the day killed at least two people.”

Reports about protests in Deir el-Zour and outside Hama were significant because government forces took control of both areas this week during deadly military assaults.

Protesters struggled to turn out in great numbers inside Hama, however, due to the widespread deployment of soldiers and snipers stationed on rooftops, witnesses said. Syrian troops surrounded mosques and set up checkpoints to head off any protests.
"There are security checkpoints every 200 meters (655 feet), they have lists and they're searching people... the mosques are surrounded by soldiers," a Hama-based activist told Associated Press by telephone, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
He said tens of soldiers were stationed in al-Assi square in Hama, which had been the main converging point for hundreds of thousands of protesters in recent weeks.

This Friday news said that Syrian troops have opened fire on thousands of protesters in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, Syria-based activist Mustafa Osso told AP.

Osso and the activist network The Local Coordination Committees (LCC) confirmed the shooting but said there was no immediate word on casualties.

Other protests were reported in the northeastern of the country, the central city of Homs and Hama countryside.

Another cities in Syria witnessed demonstrations and protests, like Aleppo, Latakkia, Amouda, Idleb, alSalamiah, Daraa, Homs and Damascus along with many town at both suburbs.

Most of these demonstrations have been tread apart by Authorities forces that used tear gas and harshly arrested among protesters and demonstrators.

For its part, Syria State-run news agency SANA reported “Limited gatherings of dozens and hundreds of citizens were reported in some Syrian governorates after Friday prayers, mostly dispersing after a short time.”

SANA added “Al-Qadam area in Damascus Countryside, Homs and its Countryside also witnessed limited gatherings.

Around 200 people took to the streets after Friday prayers in al-Bukamal in Deir Ezzor Countryside while another gathering of 200 people was reported in Nawa in Daraa Countryside which dispersed a short while later.”

SANA Correspondent in Idleb on Friday reported small gatherings in some parts of the governorate.

SANA also stated that two law enforcement members were martyred today by the fire of gunmen in Douma in Damascus Countryside.

In turn, LCC and activists said that more than 10 people have been killed along Friday protests. They added that two of them were in Aleppo.

A flurry of foreign diplomats have rolled through Damascus urging President al-Assad to end a campaign of crackdown that rights groups say has left about 1,700 civilians dead since mid-March. But President al-Assad has brushed off the reproach.

In a continuing nationwide campaign of arrests, Syrian activists said security forces detained Abdul-Karim Rihawi, the Damascus-based head of the Syrian Human Rights League. A longtime rights activist, Rihawi had been tracking government violations and documenting deaths in Syria.

He was picked up from a cafe in central Damascus along with a journalist who had been interviewing him, according to rights activist Ammar Qurabi.

Foreign media agencies used to apply each report about Syria with the following statement: “Syria has banned most foreign media and restricted local coverage, making it impossible to get independent confirmation of the events on the ground. The government has justified its crackdown by saying it was dealing with terrorist gangs and criminals who were fomenting unrest.”
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