09 May '11, 6pm

Protests organisers called for a day of solidarity Tuesday with "prisoners of conscience" held in Syrian jails. #Syria

Protests organisers called for a day of solidarity Tuesday with "prisoners of conscience" held in Syrian jails. #Syria

DAMASCUS: Syrian security forces rounded up thousands of men as they went house to house in a bid to crush an anti-regime protest movement in the coastal city of Banias on Monday, as shots rang out in a Damascus suburb surrounded by troops, activists said. Protests organisers meanwhile called for a day of solidarity Tuesday with "prisoners of conscience" held in Syrian jails, according to a statement posted on the Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page. Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said water, electricity and telephone lines have been cut off in Banias, on Syria's northwest Mediterranean coast. "There were house-to-house raids overnight and it continued on Monday morning," Abdul Rahman said, adding that the men were being rounded up for questioning in a stadium based on lists of names. "Thousands of men, including youths, h...

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