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Assad loyalists show support in Damascus

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 01:15

June 15 - In a show of support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, thousands of people lined the main street in Damascus on Wednesday as a 2,300-meter long and 18-meter wide national flag of Syria was unfurled. Jon Decker reports.

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In a show of support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, thousands of people lined the main street in Damascus on Wednesday as a 2,300-metre long and 18-metre wide national flag of Syria was unfurled. Organisers said the flag is their response to anti-Assad protests which they say are part of a conspiracy against the stability and unity of Syria. Meanwhile, Turkey's Foreign Minister on Wednesday travelled to the border with Syria where refugees gathered along the roadside. By Wednesday morning, some 8,500 Syrian refugees were lodged in tented camps on Turkey's side of the border. Media have been barred from entering the camps by Turkish authorities, who say any pictures of the Syrians could put them or their families in danger back home. More than 1,100 Syrians are believed to have been killed since the start of mass protests in mid-March. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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Assad loyalists show support in Damascus

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 01:15