Troops kill 20 as unrest in Syria spreads
SYRIAN troops opened fire on demonstrators yesterday, killing at least 20, as protests swept the country on an unprecedented scale with tens of thousands challenging the rule of the Assad family.
In the southern city of Deraa, troops shot at demonstrators who set fire to a statue of the late President Hafez al-Assad, whose son Bashar has ruled Syria since 2000.
In the town of Sanamein, security forces are reported to have killed 20 people after Friday prayers as they protested against the regime and killings by the security services.
In Hama, people ran through the streets shouting "freedom is ringing out!" -- a slogan used in popular uprisings in the Arab world. (© Independent News Service)