Fifty Baathists in Syrian siege town Rastan resign

April 30, 2011 00:41

AMMAN - At least 50 members of the ruling Baath Party in the besieged Syrian town of Rastan have resigned, a human rights campaigner in contact with the town said on Friday.

The Baathists' resignation declaration was being read out at a demonstration in the town, 20 km north of the city of Homs, when members of military intelligence and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired at the crowd, killing 13 of them, he added.

A resident of Rastan, which has been surrounded by Syrian troops backed by armour for several days, also said that at least 13 people were killed at the demonstration, at which he said people demanded the "overthrow of the regime".

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