Witness: Syrian forces injure dozens in Deir al-Zor

June 5, 2011 15:30

AMMAN - Syrian forces injured scores of people when they fired at 7,000 demonstrators who marched overnight in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor to topple a statue of late President Hafez Assad, residents said on Sunday.

"The crowd reached President's Square when it was met by ... bullets from the security police and armored cars that had deployed there to prevent the 'sanam' (false deity) from being toppled," a witness told Reuters, referring to the 6-meter stone statue.

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