BEIRUT - Two high ranking Syrian security officials have been fired in what residents and a rights group say is a response to protests by government loyalists angered by the death of 41 children in a bombing in Homs city.
Official concessions to popular demands are rare in Syria. But many loyalists are starting to feel abandoned by the government for whom they have sacrificed much to defend since President Bashar Assad's crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protests in 2011 led to an armed uprising and civil war.
In the days after a double suicide bombing on Oct. 1 at a school in the heavily guarded loyalist neighborhood of Akramah, residents demanded the resignation of top security officials and criticized state run media for not acknowledging the high number of dead and missing among loyalists in other recent attacks.
Head of Security Committee Major General Ahmad Jamil and head of Military Intelligence Abdulkarim Saloum were removed from their posts this week without official explanation.