Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Reports of funeral, police shootings raise tensions in Syria

Tensions flared outside the Syrian capital of Damascus on Tuesday as reports surfaced of a massive funeral for a man apparently shot dead by security forces in one town and two police officers apparently killed during a patrol elsewhere.

Eyewitness Abou Assad told CNN that around 6,000 mourners were in Moathamia for the funeral of Ahmad al Doumarani, a gathering that turned into the latest mass display of anti-government fervor in the restive country.

The witness said security forces killed al Domarani and wounded two other men early Tuesday, and al Domarani's burial was held later at a mosque. He added the men were workers and were headed home, but he couldn't provide any further detail about why and how the violence occurred. (read more)