Syrian Forces Fire on Protesters After Prayers

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    Demonstrators against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad gather in Homs on December 13, 2011.
By Sami K. Martin, Christian Post Reporter
December 16, 2011|2:39 pm

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that forces opened fire on protesters after Friday prayers across the country, killing at least six.

This latest attack comes after yesterday’s exchange between protesters and pro-government troops, which left 27 government personnel dead. Rebel troops have been fighting against the pro-Assad regime since early March. Over 5,000 people have been killed.

President Bashar al-Assad takes no responsibility for the oppression Syrians have experienced and feels “no guilt” over the massive deaths. World leaders, including President Barak Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are calling for Assad to step aside and let his people move toward democracy.

Russia drafted its own resolution for ending the violence in Syria, which is a huge change. Previously, Russia refused to get involved. The move comes as a relief for U.S. and NATO allies who are working to end the bloodshed.

The U.S. based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report yesterday detailing the orders given by several top officials. Those orders included instruction to stop the protests “by all means necessary.” Troops who defected told their stories to HRW and revealed startling accounts of torture and the murder of innocent civilians.

Firing on civilians after prayers is not new, though. On Oct. 21, pro-government troops opened fire on a group, killing 24 protesters.

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