At least eight people, including an 11-year-old boy, were killed on Wednesday amid gunshots by security forces and rock-throwing by residents outside the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The incident occurred in Kanaker, according to the group's Rami Abdul-Rahman. The bloodshed follows days of violent government crackdowns on protests across the country, including the cities of Aleppo in the west, Deir Ezzor in the northeast, and Douma in the Damascus area.
"At 3 a.m. Wednesday, Syrian security forces and army soldiers stormed Kanaker amid heavy gunfire. Some residents threw rocks at the tanks and burned tires as many chanted 'Allah is the Greatest' in the west part of the town where seven tanks took positions there," the observatory said in a statement.
"Fourteen other tanks spread in two other directions. Four tanks withdrew from the eastern section of the town as waves of rocks hit them. Several civilians were injured and are being treated in makeshift clinics and mosques. Residents said the electricity has been cut out. The situation remains tense."
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