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Syria tense after deadly clashes

Sunday April 10, 2011 07:45:52 PM, Agencies

Damascus: In Syria, days of protests and violence in the city of Daraa has forced many schools and government buildings to close.

"Daraa is 80 per cent paralysed today, the children were sent back home from school and most of the government buildings are not operational," a local witness told Al Jazeera on Sunday.

The southern city, a flashpoint for anti-government demonstrations, came to a standstill after Friday's brutal crackdown on thousands of protesters by Syrian security forces left at least 27 people dead.

Meanwhile, men who are loyal to Bashar al-Assad, the country's president, fired at a group of people guarding a mosque in Banias on Sunday, two witnesses told the Reuters news agency, as ethnic tension intensified in the mostly Sunni coastal city.

The group, who were armed with sticks, were guarding the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq mosque at morning prayers when the Assad loyalists, known as "shabbiha", fired at them with automatic rifles from speeding cars.

Five people were injured, including a 47-year-old man who was hit in the chest, the witnesses - a doctor and a university professor - told Reuters.

Al Jazeera's Rula Amin, reporting from the capital Damascus, said the situation remained tense in Homs, just a day after "strong protests".

Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nation's secretary-general, has told Assad he is "greatly disturbed" by the reports of violence.

 

 

 

 

 

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