SYRIA: Security forces gun down peaceful protesters, activists and video footage say (LA Times)
Clashes and gunfire rattled Syrian cities and towns Friday as President Bashar Assad‘s gunmen opened fire on crowds of thousands of peaceful protesters during another day of nationwide anti-government demonstrations that erupted as the weekly Muslim prayers ended, according to video footage and activist accounts.
The video above, said to have been filmed in an area near the town of Deir Zour in the far eastern parts of Syria, shows pandemonium in the streets as demonstrators try to take cover from what appears to be a barrage of gunfire directed at them.
“God is Great,” protesters are heard screaming as gunshots ring out and as a cloud of black smoke is seen rising in the sky behind them. It wasn’t clear if the gunmen were shooting at protesters, as they’ve done in recent weeks, or firing in the air.
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