Witness says 13 protesters killed in the southern Syrian city of #Daraa Washington
By Associated Press, Friday, April 8, 10:10 AM
One witness said he helped ferry the dead and wounded to the city’s hospital, where he counted 13 corpses.
“My clothes are soaked with blood,” he said by telephone from Daraa, adding that he was among thousands of people at the protest and he witnessed security forces shooting live ammunition.
Like most activists and witnesses who spoke to The Associated Press, he requested anonymity for fear of reprisals.
Protest organizers have called on Syrians to take to the streets every Friday for the past three weeks, demanding reform in one of the most authoritarian nations in the Middle East. The protests have rattled the regime of President Bashar Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for nearly 40 years.
The state-run News agency said a police officer and an ambulance driver were killed Friday in Daraa. The report blamed “armed men” for the violence. The government has blamed much of the unrest in recent weeks on armed thugs.
It was not clear if SANA and the eyewitness were counting the same people. Read more…