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Syrian security forces fire tear gas at protesters in Daraa


Witnesses say shots were heard as forces confronted up to 4,000 demonstrators in southern city

  

Security forces in Syria are reported to have fired teargas and fired shots in the air as anti-government protests flared again in the southern city of Deraa. The unrest followed clashes in Latakia over the weekend in which at least 12 people died, and promises by the authorities to lift emergency laws restricting public gatherings and allowing arrests on the grounds of national security.

A witness told Associated Press that forces had fired teargas as up to 4,000 people protested in Deraa. He said security forces fired teargas at first. He also heard gunfire, although it appeared guns were being fired in the air. (Read More)

By: James Meikle

guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 March 2011 14.08 BST

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