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March 25th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Dozens of Syrians reported killed in Daraa

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Violent protests erupted Friday in Syria, with dozens of people people killed in and around the restive city of Daraa and a boy slain in the coastal town of Latakia, reports said.

"The situation in Syria has worsened considerably over the past week, with the use of live ammunition and tear gas by the authorities having resulted in a total of at least 37 people being killed in Daraa, including two children," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Among the dead were 15 people who tried to march to Daraa, sources said, and nine others who died when security forces fired on demonstrators in Daraa's main square, said Wissam Tarif, a human rights activist.

There were many casualties in Daraa, said Abdullah, who asked that his full name not be reported due to security concerns. He said he saw Friday's events in the city, where deadly clashes have taken place in recent days between security forces and protesters.

"Thousands gathered and moved to the governor's building in Daraa, and there they burned a large picture of Bashar al-Assad, and then they toppled a statue of Hafez al-Assad in the center of the square," Abdullah said, referring to the current president and his late father, the former president.

"After that, armed men came out from the roof of the officers' club in front of the governor's office and started firing at the crowd," he said.

Aman al Aswad, an opposition activist, said dozens of people appeared to have been killed or wounded in clashes with security forces in the square, but he could not be precise on the totals.

CNN could not independently confirm the accounts as the Syrian government has yet to grant access to the network.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Edd

    I guess this is the next war for the U.S. to fight. This will make the fourth one. We can't police the entire world. Lets take care of people in our own country.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  2. dani khouri

    as a Syrian american many of the news reported on CNN doesn't reflect the situation on the ground and many of the events in Syria is sponsored by the Islamic Brotherhood and funded by Saudia Arabia

    March 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Compared to Syria, Libya, and some others protesting, it looks like now that Mubarak left office fairly quickly. I hope the killing of the innocent ceases and that the people can change their governments to better serve them.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm |