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Syria: New Homs video.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 01:41

July 19 - New amateur video shows protests continuing in Syria, a local activist group says 10 people were killed by Syrian forces. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports

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Footage from a social media website appears to show detainees lined up in the Syrian city of Homs. The reason is unclear. In the background chanting in support of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is heard. A strong military presence can been seen throughout Homs, in the distance the sound of protests. The footage cannot be independently verified. Homs has been a focal point of the uprising since the military stormed it two months ago to crush protests. A local activist group said 10 people had been killed by Syrian forces in the city on Monday. Human rights campaigners say over 1,400 civilians have been killed since the protests began in March. Pressure has increased on Assad with Qatar shutting its embassy in the capital and the EU considering tougher sanctions. In Hama, thousands gathered at Al Assi square to pray for protection. This footage also could not be independently verified. Protests continued in the capital. In material posted on a social media website a man leads chanting, calling for the end of the Assad regime. Reuters could not independently verify this footage. Assad has called the uprisings a foreign conspiracy to sow sectarian strife. But the demonstrations show no sign of ending with calls for the Syrian leader step down coming from across the country. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters

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Syria: New Homs video.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 01:41