Gunfire erupts on streets of Syria during rally

Activists say 8 killed when Syrian forces open fire on people denouncing regime during a government-backed demonstration.

November 13, 2011 22:47
Pro-Assad Syrian protesters

Pro-Assad Syrian protesters 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Sana/Handout)

Syrian government security forces opened fire on people denouncing the regime during a government-organized rally killing eight people on Sunday, activists said.

On Saturday the Arab League suspended Syria and called on the government to stop killing civilians. Syria now wants to convene a meeting before the decision becomes final on November 16.

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The United Nations says 3,500 people have been killed since the uprising began in March. Syria blames the unrest on "terrorists" and foreign-backed Islamist militants. It says 1,100 soldiers and police have been killed.

And yet the violence has not stopped the call for change as demonstrations continue calling for the end of President Bashar Assad's regime.

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