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Back on the streets in Syria

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 02:38

Oct. 28 - Amatuer video shows anti-Assad protests after Friday prayers across Syria as witnesses say government forces killed at least 20 civilians. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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Amateur video out of Syria shows people demonstrating on the streets of Deraa. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters comes amid reports that Syrian government forces killed at least 20 civilians Friday when they opened fire at demonstrators in other parts of the country. Demonstrators call for international protection from NATO, whose war planes played a vital role in the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Footage out of Homs shows people calling for a no fly zone in Syria. The United Nations says that more than 3,000 people have been killed there since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad began in March. In Deraa, a southwestern Syrian city protesters fly the new Libyan flag as announcing demonstrations they are calling 'The Friday of No Fly Zone.' The protests, calling for President Bashar al-Assad to quit, were energized by Gaddafi's death last week. At a funeral march for a 14 year old boy demonstrators continue to call for an end of the regime. The Assad government says it intends to carry out political reform and that the unrest is fomented by militants trying to wreck the program. It says more than 1,100 soldiers and policemen have been killed in the violence. Authorities have barred most independent media from the country making it difficult to verify accounts from activists or the government. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Back on the streets in Syria

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 02:38