Live Syria Blog ( Al-Jazeera English)


By Al Jazeera Staff in on April 24th, 2011.

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Thousands continue to take to the streets across Syria, despite reform pledges by president Bashar al-Assad. We bring you the latest news from our correspondents and other sources.

Syria Spotlight

All times given are local (GMT+3)

  • 5:45pm

    Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin reports from Syria on the latest developments in Deraa, where a major offensive against pro-democracy protesters are underway.

  • 5:30pm

    AP reports that an eyewitness said that at least 11 people have been killed in the southern Syrian city of Deraa after the army stormed in before dawn and fired indiscriminately on civilians.

    Syrian troops entered Deraa backed by tank fire and snipers. It was a sharp escalation of the deadly crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s regime against a pro-reform uprising.

  • 5:00pm

    Building on the CSM report, AFP news agency reports that the United States is considering targeted sanctions against Syrian officials to respond to “completely deplorable” violence used by Syria’s government forces to crush dissent.

  • 3:57pm

    UN calls on Syrian authorities to halt violence on protesters. Navi Pillay, the high commissioner for human rights stated in a news release.

    The international community has repeatedly urged the Syrian Government to stop killing its own people, but our calls have gone unheeded

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