Breaking News: Syrian forces fire at protest in Daraa, casualties

Reuters , Friday 10 Jun 2011

Syrian forces open fire on thousands of protesters calling for the fall of the Syrian regime in Daraa

Syrian forces on Friday fired at several thousand pro-democracy protesters who defied a heavy security presence in the southern city of Daraa, injuring scores, three witnesses said.

They said demonstrators in Daraa, the cradle of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, took to the main Mahatta area, chanting: "The people want the overthrow of the regime."

At least eight people were shot and carried by youths to a nearby makeshift clinic, the witnesses said, adding at least two sustained serious gunshot wounds in the head and chest.

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