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SYRIA: Security forces allegedly fire at protesters

May 4, 2011 | 12:36 am


Some of the latest video footage to emerge from Syria overnight Tuesday purportedly shows pro-democracy protesters at Aleppo University being shot at by riot police.

The video could not be independently verified.

Protesters alleged that police also used tear gas to disperse the crowd of about 1,500 gathered at the university's dormitories, and arrested scores of students, confiscating cellphones and laptops. There were no initial reports of injuries.


Protesters also posted video footage online of security forces cracking down on a candlelight vigil late Tuesday in the northeastern city of Kamishli, where police allegedly shot at protesters and arrested a photographer, confiscating his camera.

Meanwhile, the southern city of Dara, where the six-week anti-government protest movement began, remained under siege late Tuesday, protesters said, with aid organizations banned from entering  to provide food or medicine as gunfire continued.

--Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Cairo

Video: Pro-democracy protesters said they faced  police crackdowns in the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Kamishli. Credit: YouTube