Syrian troops shoot unarmed civilians : Al ArabiyaJune 3rd, 2011 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 3 (IANS) Government troops in Syria shot dead at least two unarmed civilians in the city of Ankahal Friday, as President Bashar Assad’s regime continued its violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests, the Al Arbiya TV channel said.
An activist group told Al Arabiya at least two people were killed after troops bombarded Ankhal with artillery and heavy machinegun fire.
The Local Coordination Committees, which help organise and document Syria’s protests, said troops also shot at residents fleeing the bombardment of Rastan.
A fresh wave of demonstrations and rallies swept across Syria Friday, after opposition groups called for protests against casualties among children during the recent weeks of violence.
Opposition activists say at least 25 young people have died in the recent protests against Assad’s regime.
Syria has remained completely offline since Friday morning, the country’s state telephone and internet service said.
Activists have organised the protests through the Facebook and Twitter networking sites.
Syria has severed its internet connections several times in the most restless territories in a bid to suppress the protests, but this is the first time internet services in Syria have been closed down nationwide.
Pro-democracy protests have taken place in Syria for the last two-and-a-half months. The first protests demanding Assad’s resignation and more democratic freedoms took place in the city of Deraa in mid-March, and the opposition campaign soon spread to other Syrian regions.
Over 1,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the unrest in the country, Syrian rights activists claim.
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