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June 10th, 2011
05:15 PM ET

Syrian security, choppers target protesters

Yayladagi, Turkey (CNN) - Syrian security forces and helicopters sprayed automatic weapons fire into a crowd of thousands of protesters demonstrating Friday after prayers in the northern town of Maaret al-Nouman, witnesses said.

At least four men were killed, activist Fadi Moustafa Sufi said.

An activist who has provided CNN with reliable information in the past said the crowd numbered in the tens of thousands when security forces on the streets and an attack helicopter aloft opened fire.

Some demonstrators used their personal weapons, including hunting rifles and AK-47s, to detain a number of members of the security forces when they ran out of ammunition, said the activist, who did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation. He did not say that demonstrators exchanged fire with the security forces.

Citing the intensity of the gunfire from the security forces, the activist predicted the death toll would rise.

CNN cannot independently confirm the activist's report.

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  1. Mohamad Lotf

    Blood vs. Oil !
    How much blood do Syrian people have to shed until the USA and the international community have to take a strong stand on the Syrian regime and declare it illegitimate ,and call on Bashar Alassad to step down.

    Is it the oil? do we have to be an oil rich Population to be worth defending ?
    Syrian regime keeps killing ,torturing, detaining the young and old ,men and women, with no independent media or human watch organizations allowed in the country, and all we get from the international community is freezing bank accounts.

    So I ask is it a Blood vs. Oil????????

    June 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  2. Larry Stadler

    What are we waiting for that Country has been a terrorest supporter since the 60's we have responded to this kind of injustice before,It's time to free these people there doesen't have to be anything in for us to do the right thing, Let's give that Country an altimatem.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Bek

    hello,
    i want to thank you anderson cooper for taking the syrian issue into consideration i hope you can help the syrians i am a syrian and i am devestated with what i see . i watch your show every day to get information keep up the great job i hope you can help.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |