Thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Greater Damascus as funerals for those killed in a reported massacre by government forces last Friday were held in a suburb of the capital city.
Human rights groups have claimed at least 15 people were shot dead on Friday during pro-reform demonstrations in the neighbourhood of Douma, which lies eight miles north-east of the Syrian capital. Some non-governmental organisations claim up to 22 protesters may have been killed, with more than 100 wounded, including 20 in a critical condition.
Angry mourners chanted “down with the regime” as eight of Friday’s victims, believed to have been targeted by government snipers, were buried.
“This was the systematic killing of peaceful and unarmed citizens by security forces,” said Radwan Ziadeh, head of the Damascus Centre for Human Rights, one of several organisations that has collated matching witness accounts of the incident.”
Syrian mourners say government snipers carried out massacre
“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has blamed protests on ‘conspirators’ who are trying to destroy the country. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)