Protests erupt across Syria on ‘Day of Rage’


Syrian security forces opened fire on demonstrations Friday in the capital Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia – the heartland the ruling elite – wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.

Other demonstrations were reported in the coastal city of Banias, the northern city of Raqqa and the northeastern city of Qamishli.

President Bashar Assad’s regime has stepped up its deadly crackdown on protesters in recent days by unleashing the army along with snipers and tanks. On Friday, protesters came out in their thousands, defying the crackdown and using it as a rallying cry.

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