Friday, December 9, 2011

Syrian protests trigger new deadly clashes, at least 24 more Killed - 9th Dec 2011

At least 24 people have been killed in renewed anti-government protests across Syria, activists say.

Eleven of the deaths were in and around the city of Homs, while five were in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Another activist group, the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), put Friday's death toll at 35.

The UN estimates more than 4,000 people have died in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad since March.

A number of pro-government demonstrations have also been reported across the country, including in the capital Damascus.

Demonstrators regularly take to the streets following Friday prayers.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two of those killed in the central city of Homs were boys, aged 10 and 12. Homs has emerged as the epicentre of the uprising. Read More