Thirty-five People Killed In Unrest in Deraa, Syria
Situation in Syria becomes tragic as 37 people were killed on Thursday in the southern city of Deraa in the confrontation with the security forces, according to reports issued by the main hospital in this city.
20,000 people marched in the streets today participating in the funeral of nine people that had been previously killed in the clashes with the security forces.
The security forces opened fire on Wednesday afternoon, according to witnesses, after a week of continuing protests in this region of Syria, so far the only country in the Arab world where unrest had not been noticed.
The people in Deraa that protested today chanted slogans and denied the official accounts that those who killed the people were a band of infiltrators and “armed gangs.”
The regime of the Baath party, which has been in power since the coup of 1963, dismissed that demands for reforms were made and also asserts that people from outside the country were instigating people against the regime.
The bloodshed in Deraa already drew heavy criticism from the international community, and the people in this city asked the authorities of the country to give up their ties to the Iranian regime. The people in Deraa are mainly Sunni, while the regime in Tehran is Shiite.
France demanded the authorities to begin immediately a dialogue with the protestors and this violent crackdown on people.11