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Friday for International Protection
Friday for International Protection

Syria on “International Protection” Friday

(Dp-news)

SYRIA- As foreign journalists are not allowed access to Syria; activists used to send footages and upload their reports online via the social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Where foreign media wait to collect it and report it as news about Syria, while noting that such news and reports cannot be independently verified.

Like each Friday and just after its social and gathered prayers, which Muslim worshipers have been used to perform it in group at mosques, Syrian protesters called on Friday for international protection from a military crackdown on nearly six months of nationwide demonstrations demanding an end to President Bashar al-Assad's regime.



Large protests called "Friday for International Protection" were reported in cities including Qamishli in the northeast, Homs and Hama in the centre of the country, and Deir al-Zor in the east. Even more; footages posted online showed that almost all main cities all over the country have witnessed a protest or a small demonstration at least.

Some opposition activists have called on the UN to send international observers to Syria to stop the ongoing violence.

"The Syrian people call on the United Nations to adopt a resolution to set up a permanent observer mission in Syria," activists said on the Facebook page "Syrian Revolution 2011."

In the southern town of Jiza, protesters carried a banner reading "People want international protection".

The French news agency (AFP) quotes rights activists as saying security forces manning a checkpoint in a northwestern village opened fire and killed a teenage boy on Friday. The news organization says the incident took place as demonstrators prepared to rally after Friday prayers.

The Local Co-ordination Committees, a pro-democracy group, said the boy was killed after he was injured with his brother by "random shooting" in the village. 
 
 Sign at Protest
In turn, Reuters reported Syrian activists said initial reports indicated that large crowds marched in the city of Homs, where the army and militiamen loyal to Assad raided several districts this week, and in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, which was stormed by tanks last month.
Protests also broke out in suburbs of the capital Damascus, the Hasakeh at northeast, the northwestern province of Idlib near Turkey and in Daraa at southern Syria near Jordan. "The Syrian people demand international protection for civilians," read a banner in Idlib. In Hajar al-Aswad, on the southern edge of Damascus, protesters carried a green, white and red-striped old Syrian flag, dating back half a century to the era before  Baath Party controled Syria.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists across the country, told BBC that anger was already spilling out on to the streets on Friday.

It said more than 150 people had marched in the capital's flashpoint neighbourhood of Barza, chanting slogans of support for the rebellious central province of Homs, Agence France Presse reports.

With large gatherings virtually impossible in most parts of Syria under a pervasive security grip, and with military and militiamen deployed in numerous cities and towns, Friday prayers have become an opportunity for crowds to gather.

Friday's protests echoed the first direct call on Thursday by the Syrian opposition for foreign intervention.

The Syrian Revolution General Commission, an umbrella bloc of activists, appealed to world powers to send human rights monitors to help deter military attacks on civilians.

Syrian forces arrested dozens of people in house-to-house raids in Homs on Thursday after military operations that killed at least 27 civilians on Wednesday. Activists and residents also reported more defections among the rank-and-file army.

Human Rights Watch said security forces "forcibly removed 18 wounded people" from a hospital in Homs on Wednesday, and also prevented medical personnel from reaching wounded people.

"Snatching wounded people from the operating room is inhumane and illegal, not to mention life-threatening," said HRW Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.

But while protesters have begun chanting slogans calling for international protection, there has been no hint in the West of an appetite for a repeat of NATO air strikes that played a major role in the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

No country has proposed the kind of intervention in Syria that NATO carried out in Libya. Syria has three times Libya's population, and unlike isolated Libya it is intricately linked to neighbours on the fault lines of Middle East conflicts.

The Syrian military launched offensives against the cities of Latakia, Aleppo and Deir al-Zor last month, activists said.

State-run news agency along with official TV and the semi-official one they reported small gatherings at some places in main cities, and as usual they refuted the “biased reports at Pan Arab TVs” and claimed it to be “Fabricated agenda to disturb Syria National Security.”

The Syrian government insists that it has a political reform program in place, but opposition leaders say there can be no free and fair elections while the ruling Baath party is in power.

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