February 17th, 2012
03:08 PM ET

Inside Syria: In one Syrian town, cries of defiance

Editor's note: CNN's Ivan Watson is reporting from northern Syria, where he is seeing rural communities opposed to President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Watson is one of a few reporters in Syria, where the government has been placing restrictions on international journalists and refusing many of them entry at all.

Hundreds of men and boys kneeled on the floor of a packed mosque for Friday prayers, but the solemn religious rite quickly turned into a furious rain-soaked rally denouncing Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad.

Before completing their prayers, the congregation murmured words of condolences for a resident of this small opposition-held village, Muhamed Hasmus.

Activists say Hasmus was killed Friday morning by a sniper in the nearby city of Idlib, an account CNN could not independently confirm.

The remembrance of their neighbor caused the faithful to jump to their feet and erupt with the chant "Allahu Akbar," which means God is great.

READ THE FULL STORY from CNN's Ivan Watson and Kareem Khadder

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. leeintulsa

    not great? 😉

    February 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Naughty boy.... 😉

    February 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AMERICA 1st

    Airdrop them all some alpo, theyll all stop their petty squabbling!

    February 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Chase out international jounalists? What...in fear of bad publicity? They already have that, as well as the Russians and the Chinese.
    G_d is indeed great! And no matter how many bad people are behind this genocide, they cannot run from Him.
    Shalom -Jeff

    February 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AMERICA 1st

    maybe some kibbles n bits or old roy

    February 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hope

    Actually, they'd prefer rice, bread and a few compassionate men.

    God IS great, but you don't have to take my word for it... ask the least of them.

    Thanks, CNN!

    February 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      You are a very kind person.

      February 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Yes you are Hope, and leeintulsa, what is up with you today? Why the nastiness? Thats not like you at all! We expect it from America lst, prolly cuz someone pees in his cheerios daily!

    February 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • hope

      @banasy & chrissy:

      Thanks... I try to be, but, I have my moments. It's Friday and I fear what these people are going to have to endure over the weekend. Its so sad.

      If anyone knows, what can we do for them?

      February 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      nastiness? today? where?

      February 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Superman

    @chrissy leave it up to you nto pick me up on any day it been a very bad month for me, come back chrissy give me some one to talk to tonight!

    February 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Well Hope, the one thing we can do is pray for them for sure! 🙂 and superman, glad to be of service dear! Sorry youre down!

    February 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hope

    Not funny


    February 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hope

    Not funny...


    February 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    @ lee, your comments to hope. They are so unlike you! Are you being trolled? Honestly Hope, leeintulsa is generally a very kind man, which is why i suspect the work of the creepy crawly trolls.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      many times, my opinion clashes with those around me. it does not mean i mean others ill will. even banasy and i have clashed.. not remembering how, but it had to have happened. me, i like hope. and she(?) is free to pray to whom she chooses.. we just don't sing in the same choir..

      i don't think i was nasty.. big mouthed, sure.. irreverent, obviously.. i don't want to change hope. i like her as she is..

      i think she can take it is all.. i look forward to sharing and not sharing views with her for years to come.

      and hope, if you are not a she, forgive me..

      February 18, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. hope

    Cryin' Out Loud!

    A double post...



    BTW: They were both for Lee. The one in shorts. 😉

    February 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    And lee, did you get the joke i sent you awhile ago? 🙂

    February 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hope


    Before anyone accuses me of being rude, check the time of these posts.

    It's been fun, but not THAT much fun.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
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