Wednesday 24 May 2017

Troops kill 27 in Syrian protests

Zeina Karam in Beirut

SYRIAN security forces opened fire on protests around the country yesterday killing dozens of people.

It was the latest in a series of brutal confrontations in the protracted stalemate between President Bashar Assad and the peaceful demonstrators.

The president appears to have shrugged off tighter sanctions and US calls to step aside. Human rights activists said at least 27 people were killed, including a 10-year-old boy.

The clashes indicate that neither side appears able to tip the scales in the two-month uprising. Assad's forces have waged a relentless crackdown on the opposition, but protesters continue to face down security forces with marches seeking to break the Syrian leader's authoritarian rule.

Human rights groups say more than 850 people have been killed in the clashes and clampdowns.

Irish Independent

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