Police, civilians reported dead in Protests in Syria   2011-04-09 14:08:16 FeedbackRSS

 BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhuanet) -- A mass protest in the southern Syrian city of Deraa turned bloody Friday, with the government and protesters both claiming to have sustained heavy casualties.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Deraa, which has been a focus for anti-government rallies.

State television reported armed groups had killed 19 policemen, while activists and residents said security forces had opened fire on the protesters, killing at least 17 people.

There were reports of similar protests taking place in several other cities throughout the country.


Editor: Bi Mingxin
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