Sunday, May 08, 2011

Rights group: Syria uprising death toll reaches 800

Syrian tanks storm the mostly Sunni city of Banias, raising sectarian tensions; six civilians killed, including four women.

by Reuters Tags: Syria Bashar Assad, Haaretz, May 7, 2011

Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 800 civilians since pro-democracy protests erupted seven weeks ago, Syrian rights groups Sawasiah said on Saturday.
The organization, which was founded by jailed human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, said in a statement sent to Reuters it had the names of the 800 civilians killed. Among them were 220 killed in a tank-backed army attack on the city of Daraa.
Syria May 6, 2011 (Reuters) Syrians living in Greece burn posters of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Syria, outside the Syrian embassy in Athens, May 6, 2011.
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On Saturday, Syrian tanks stormed the mostly Sunni city of Banias, a rights campaigner said, raising sectarian tensions in a country swept by protests against the rule of President Bashar Assad, an Allawite.

At least six civilians were killed in the attack, including four women, human rights campaigners said.

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