Friday, August 19, 2011

Syria protests: 'Four dead' in Deraa province

At least four people are reported to have been killed and dozens injured in Syria as army and police opened fire on anti-government protesters.

Rights activists reported gunfire in parts of southern Deraa province, the city of Homs and the capital Damascus.

On Thursday, the US led unprecedented calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Earlier, Mr Assad told the United Nations that police and army operations against civilians had halted.

Russia rejected the US calls for President Assad to go, saying he should be given more time to enact reforms.

And Syria's UN envoy accused the US of trying to instigate insurrection.

Bashar Ja'afari said the US was "waging a humanitarian and diplomatic war" against Syria, together with some other UN Security Council members. (more)