20 Mar '11, 4pm

One killed as Syrian police fire on demonstrators

One killed as Syrian police fire on demonstrators

DAMASCUS: Syrian security forces fired on thousands of demonstrators on Sunday in the town of Daraa, killing one and wounding around 100, two of them critically, a rights activist at the scene said. Daraa, south of the capital Damascus, has turned into a "volcano", the witness told AFP by telephone. "A protester was killed today by live bullets. His name is Raed Akrad," he said, adding that two others wounded in the head were in critical condition. Earlier he reported that more than 100 people were wounded when security forces fired live bullets and tear gas at thousands of demonstrators who gathered in Daraa for a third consecutive day of protests. "The army surrounds the town but it has not intervened," he said. He said tensions were very high in Daraa and anger flared as a top-ranking government delegation arrived to pay condolences to families of demonstrators killed b...

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