Syria: Over 200 members quit Baath party


203 members of Syria’s ruling Baath party in the city of Daraa and neighboring towns announced their resignation in protest against the deadly crackdown on protesters.

This announcement comes after 30 Baath members in the city of Banias announced their resignations earlier today

Syrian troops have again fired on residents of the southern flashpoint town of Daraa as a military assault on the pro-democracy protest hub continued into a second day.

“The bullets continue against the people, but we are resisting,” activist Abazid Abdullah said by telephone from the town near the Jordanian border.

At least 25 people were killed in Daraa on Monday in intensive shelling after thousands of Syrian troops backed by tanks and snipers, activists and witnesses swarmed into the town.

On the same day, Syrian troops also launched assaults on the Damascus suburbs of Douma and Al-Maadamiyeh, witnesses said.