Syrian cities erupt in protests after Friday prayers

Reuters , Friday 22 Jul 2011

Activists report Friday protests in Damascus, Homs, Latakia, Daraa and Deir al-Zor in Syria

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Syria after Friday prayers, activists and witnesses said, protesting against President Bashar al-Assad and defying an intensified military crackdown on their uprising.

Demonstrations demanding an end to Assad's rule broke out in the Medan district of Damascus, the besieged city of Homs, Latakia on the coast, the southern city of Daraa and the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, on the border with Iraq's Sunni heartland, activists said.

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