Inside the Middle East
March 27, 2011
Posted: 1041 GMT
Anti-government activists gather on the streets of Daraa, 100kms south of the capital Damascus. Syrian security forces fired on anti-regime protesters near a mosque AFP/Getty Images.
Anti-government activists gather on the streets of Daraa, 100kms south of the capital Damascus. Syrian security forces fired on anti-regime protesters near a mosque AFP/Getty Images.

Violent protests erupted Friday in Syria, with dozens of people killed in and around the restive city of Daraa and a boy slain in the coastal town of Latakia, reports said.

"The situation in Syria has worsened considerably over the past week, with the use of live ammunition and tear gas by the authorities having resulted in a total of at least 37 people being killed in Daraa , including two children," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Among the dead were 15 people who tried to march to Daraa, sources said, and nine others who died when security forces fired on demonstrators in Daraa's main square, said Wissam Tarif, a human rights activist.

There were many casualties in Daraa, said Abdullah, who asked that his full name not be reported due to security concerns. He said he saw Friday's events in the city, where deadly clashes have taken place in recent days between security forces and protesters. Read more...

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John A   March 27th, 2011 11:39 am ET

Dozens of Syrians reported killed in Daraa?

Are these more reports that CNN can not independently confirm.

CNN you use the phrase "we can not independently verify" all the time.

If you can't verify, it is not news, it is gossip.

CNN you have failed to produce any photographic evidence to all the supposed Gaddafi crimes. When towns fall under rebel control, you still fail to offer any evidence that crimes were ever committed.

CNN is gossip good for your business?

John A   March 27th, 2011 10:38 pm ET

Egypt bans protests ahead of further unrest
Dozens of Egyptians who briefly demonstrated in central Cairo were swiftly dispersed by police, after the Interior Ministry said it would not allow another day of anti-government demonstrations, a security source has said.

More proof that the fake CIA backed revolts have nothing to do with democracy and humanitarianism. Now the west supports the new puppet dictators in Egypt as they rape and beat the people, while breaking up peaceful protests.

John A   March 28th, 2011 11:09 am ET

CNN why don't you share the news?

Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters are recruited from Al -Qaeda!!

By siding with the Libyan rebels, the United States now supports the group who are accused of 911.

What do the families of 911 victims think about there taxes being used to support the armed struggle of Al -Qaeda??????

John A   March 28th, 2011 11:10 am ET

What do the families of 911 victims think about their taxes being used to support the armed struggle of Al -Qaeda??????

JCenter1   March 29th, 2011 1:29 pm ET

Commenting on the current unrest in Syria, Dr. Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs noted: "Had Israel given away the Golan Heights to Bashar al-Assad it would not know whether any new regime that will replace him would maintain the security understandings required in such a concession. Iran and radical Islam are on the rise across the Middle East exploiting the genuine democratic sentiments of Arab populations yet creating many dangerous possibilities for the future in countries facing popular revolts at present."

Click here for background material on Syria (reports and video):

John A   March 29th, 2011 1:35 pm ET

Are all you Americans too gutless to answer this question:

Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links

Rebels forces in Libya have admitted that among the ranks of those fighting against the government are islamic militants who have fought and killed US troops in Iraq, otherwise known as “al qaeda” fighters.

So now American soldiers fight with al qaeda!!!!

Which side are you on.
Gadaffi or NATO/al qaeda????

John A   April 4th, 2011 10:23 am ET

I asked a question last week and still no answers from our American bloggers.

So I guess all those brainless red neck, neocons & Zionist's really are too gutless to answer.

Lets hope America can liberate itself from the clutches on Zionist corruption which has spreed its evil through banks, the military industrial complex and the media controlled congress.

John A   April 12th, 2011 11:18 am ET

JCenter1, are you the last person to learn that Al Qaeda is a CIA funded group. They fund Al Qaeda to let of bombs and cause chaos in a country and then the USA uses that as an excuse to invade the country in the name of peace and stability.

Egypt was needed as the launch pad to attack Libya. The Ivory Coast will be the launch pad to attack Nigeria. Its all oil and money for the military industrial complex. But I guess the ability to add two and two will make the answer four a conspiracy theory.

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