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Protests, gunfire near Damascus

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 01:53

Nov. 10 - Activists say government security forces fired on protesters in and around the capital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Video uploaded to a social media website on Thursday (November 10) purports to show troops firing in Harasta near Damascus on a day activists said troops shot dead eight pro-democracy protesters and wounded in 25 at a funeral in the capital. The incident was one of the bloodiest in the capital in the seven-month uprising against Assad, who shows no signs of leaving despite a mounting death toll, Western sanctions, and escalating sectarian tensions between his minority Alawite sect and Syria's majority Muslim Sunni population. Syrian authorities, who blame "terrorists" and Islamist militants for the bloodshed, agreed to an Arab League plan on November 2, pledging to pull the military out of restive cities, set political prisoners free and start talks with the opposition, which wants to remove Assad and introduce democratic freedoms. Video also uploaded on Thursday purports to show protests in Deraa, the cradle of the Syrian uprising. Other video appears to show protesters being shot at in the southern village of Inkhil. Another shows a funeral in Idlib, in the country's northwest. Reuters is unable to independently confirm the contents of these videos. The Syrian government has placed restrictions of independent media coverage of events in the country.

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Protests, gunfire near Damascus

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 01:53