Syrian forces kill 70 protesters on march over deaths of 30 children
Published 04/06/2011 | 05:00
AN estimated 70 people were killed yesterday in the Syrian town of Hama during protests over the deaths of 30 children at the hands of President Bashar al-Assad's security forces.
Alarmed by the impact of a widely circulated video showing the corpse of a 13-year-old boy allegedly tortured to death while in prison, the government instituted an internet shutdown.
The death of Hamza el-Khatib spurred up to 100,000 demonstrators to join marches across the country.
In the bloodiest day so far of protests against the regime, the violence was centred on the historically volatile city of Hama, scene of the worst civilian massacre in modern Syrian history. In 1982, government forces put down an Islamist uprising, killing 20,000 people.
In the past week, three girls -- one of them four years old -- have been shot dead by the security forces. (© Daily Telegraph, London)