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Syrian protesters scatter, reportedly under attack [Video]

March 2, 2012 |  3:00 pm

Chanting protesters scatter after the apparent sounds of explosions and shots in this video uploaded Friday to YouTube by opposition activists that purports to show a demonstration in the city of Aleppo being attacked by Syrian security forces.

The Local Coordination Committees, an opposition network, said eight people died today in Aleppo in violence tied to the uprising against President Bashar Assad, which has raged for nearly a year. Activist Mohammed al-Halabi told the Agence France-Presse news agency that Syrian security forces had fired live rounds at protesters in several Aleppo neighborhoods.

Because media access in much of Syria is restricted, amateur videos such as this one have become a vital testament to the violence in the embattled country. However, the restrictions on journalists also mean that The Times cannot verify the events shown.

Here are a few other glimpses of what's happening in Syria:

Anti-government protesters dance in this video, which purports to show a demonstration in Idlib. It was uploaded to YouTube by an activist news network called Ugarit News.

Syrian state television showed this eerie aerial footage of Homs blanketed in snow, seemingly abandoned after rebels pulled away from their former stronghold.

This video isn't from Syria, but it's an arresting Sky News interview with British photographer Paul Conroy, who survived an attack that killed two other Western journalists in the Homs neighborhood of Baba Amr. He calls the bombardment a "massacre."


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-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles