North Lebanon protests in support of Syrian people


The National News Agency reported that following Friday’s prayers Lebanese protestors marched from Hamza Mosque in the Qobba neighborhood of Tripoli, north Lebanon toward Ibn Seena Square in Tripoli to protest against the brutal crackdown by the Syrian security forces against the pro- democracy protesters.

Protests continue in Syria

Another Friday of protests and more deaths .Security forces shot dead two civilians in separate incidents near the central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement, also reporting the death of a man wounded the day before.

“One demonstrator was killed when security forces opened fire on a march in Talbisa, while another was shot dead and three more were wounded when they gathered after Friday prayers in the village of Al-Zaafarana,” the group said.

“The sound of heavy machinegun fire was heard in Talbisa.”

In Zabadani, some 45 kilometers northwest of the capital Damascus, a passer-by shot as security forces chased demonstrators late on Thursday died of his wounds.

The Observatory also said nearly 2,000 people staged a demonstration in the eastern oil hub of Deir Ezzor, calling for Assad’s downfall, and that security forces were trying to disperse them.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva has said the death toll from the crackdown on dissent since March 15 had risen to more than 2,700.

Protest organisers have used the Facebook page, “Syrian Revolution 2011” to rally support against the regime.

They have called for Friday protests under the banner “Unity of the Opposition” to overthrow the regime, which they termed “a national duty.”

Friday, the main Muslim day of prayer, has become a rallying point for anti-regime demonstrations, as thousands of people surge into the streets to be met with a harsh security crackdown.