Syria Stage a Mass ‘Day of Anger’ As Unrest continues in Daraa and Baniyas

Syria Stage a Mass ‘Day of Anger’ As Unrest continues in Daraa and Baniyas

Dārayyā : Syria | Apr 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM PDT
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A Facebook group has called for protests on Friday against President Bashar al-Assad's regime and in solidarity with town of Dara'a , where troops and tanks have taken over the streets.

"Friday of Anger, April 29, in solidarity with Daraa," says a notice on the Syrian Revolution 2011 page of Facebook, a motor of the protests in which demonstrators inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world are seeking greater freedoms.

The Syrian town of Dara'a is facing a humanitarian tragedy with many civilians dead and wounded as the Syrian authorities tighten their control on the city. Meanwhile, approximately 200 members of the ruling Baath Party submitted their resignation in protest against the military operations in Dara'a and the surrounding areas.

According to news reports, Dara'a suffers from diminishing supplies of food, water and medicine. One resident was quoted as saying: "We have no electricity, no water, no bread, tragic situation here."

Witnesses said that at least five officers from the Syrian army sided with the protesters. They said that some soldiers who were sent to the city refused to carry out orders to arrest suspects.

Syrian army tanks were also sent to Douma a suburb of Damascus and the coastal city of Banias.

Several areas in Syria witnessed on Wednesday evening demonstrations against the Assad regime, where thousands held a peaceful demonstration in Homs demanding the end of the regime. In the town of Tafas in the province of Dara'a protesters, including children and women held a demonstration in solidarity with the citizens of Dara'a, demanding to break the siege imposed on it by security forces, albawaba site reported.

Witnesses said on Thursday that hundreds of Syrian women and children have crossed into northern Lebanon, fleeing gunfire on the Syrian side of the border.

Reports are talking about 1,500 people had come on foot. Many crossed a river dividing the two countries because Syrian authorities had stopped them leaving through official border crossings.

Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said on Thursday that Syrian security forces have killed at least 500 civilians in a crackdown of a "peaceful democratic uprising".

The Security Council meeting held no condemnation for Syria, as opposed to what some analysts had hypothesized earlier. Russia and China emphasized that there shouldn't be any intervention in Syria, for it would be considered "interference in the country's internal affairs.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said her government "condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent violence used by the government of Syria against its own people… [We are] considering a range of options" against Syria, including targeted sanctions,Alarabia said.

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Syria Stage a Mass ‘Day of Anger’ As Unrest continues in Daraa and Baniyas
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