AMMAN - Syrian soldiers fired shots in the air in the
southern city of Deraa to prevent people attending Friday prayers or protesting,
a resident said.
"They will open fire (on you) if you leave your house,"
the resident told Reuters by telephone. Tanks and soldiers poured into Deraa on
Monday to crush resistance in the heart of Syria's six-week-old
Another resident said busloads of people were heading to Deraa
from nearby villages, trying to converge on the city and demonstrate.