Syria

Syrian security forces fire on Homs Good Friday protest

Reuters

At least 10 protesters have been killed in Syria as opposition forces stage "Good Friday" protests, human rights activists said. Security forces opened fire with live rounds Friday to disperse demonstrators in the central city of Homs, they told news agencies.

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators were out on the streets of Homs, which has been a key site of recent protests against President Bashar al-Assad, the sources said.

Protests also broke out in the southern city of Daraa where up to 10,000 people emerging from mosques took to the streets and as many as 6,000 demonstrators marched in the northeastern city of Qamishli, witnesses said.

Around 200 protesters in the Damascus neighbourhood of Midan were dispersed by security forces, a rights activists told the AFP news agency.

Calls were launched on social networking site Facebook for nationwide "Good Friday" rallies, despite the announcement Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had scrapped five decades of emergency rule and dissolved the state security court.

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