At least 39 said killed and dozens wounded by Syria troops in Daraa

At least 39 people were killed and 70 wounded Monday by Syrian security forces in the southern city of Daraa, pro-democracy activists said, after the army moved into the city where the current wave of protests began, and fired at protesters.

“Bodies of the dead and wounded were seen in the middle of the streets, especially near the area of Al Omari mosque where the first spark of the Syrian uprising started on March 15,” an activist, who requested anonymity, told the German Press Agency DPA.

He said people bled to death on the streets as they could not be taken to hospital amid the gunfire. Army tanks had moved into Daraa and were taking aim at people and houses, the activist said, and snipers were positioned on rooftops.