Witness: Syria forces fire at protesters in capital

By REUTERS
January 6, 2012 15:12

 
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AMMAN - Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad injured at least three protesters on Friday when they fired at hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators who had gathered at mosque in a Damascus district where a major security headquarters is located, a witness said.

The witness, who lives in the area, told Reuters by phone that Pro-Assad militiamen, known as shabbiha, and secret police agents hit the protesters with automatic rifle fire after they defied the heavy security presence and refused to leave the Abdel Karim al-Rifai mosque in Kfar Souseh neighborhood.

Syria bars most independent journalists from the country, making first-hand reporting impossible. There was no immediate comment from the authorities.

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