Tension grips Syria on another Friday of protests
Syrian boys stand behind a fence at the Turkish Red Crescent camp Friday, 30 kilometers from the Syrian border.
June 17th, 2011
09:58 AM ET

Tension grips Syria on another Friday of protests

Three Syrian security personnel were injured by "militants" in a Damascus suburb, the government's state-run TV said, the first report of violence on another tense Friday of mass protests erupting across the nation.

The Syrian government has consistently blamed the protest casualties on "armed gangs" and the TV report said the injuries occurred when the perpetrators opened fire in Al-Qaboun, just outside the capital.

Protests unfolded in several towns big and small across the country, including the Damascus area, Latakia, Homs, and Hama, where thousands of people took to the streets, according to Rami Abdelrahman, of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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  1. Riff*Raff

    Oh goody. Today they're being called militants. 3 articles, 3 different names for these "bad guys". We are never going to know the real story as long as the Syrian govt is the primary source of the news. Why is CNN just regurgitating the propaganda if it cannot be verified by another source?
    Angelina Jolie will probably have more accurate info after her UN visit today than what we're getting from the Syrians.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |

    Somehow the Syrian government and the protesters need to get together and try to work out a settlement instead of continuing this needless blodshed. The U.S. government would do well not to keep on funding the protesters, too.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Moshe aron kestenbaum williamsburg ODA

    Dont belive a word out of assads mouth, he is stamped in history already as a killer of his own people

    June 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    hey ruffnutt, hey leeintulsa. in case i dont talk to ya tomorrow happy dads day! stayin outta trouble ruffnutt? u know us sposed to save that stuff for me! lol and u all know if it comes via the gov. its lies and propoganda cmon

    June 19, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. kien

    Everyone knows that every cruel and brutal dictator has an end which is usually very lonely, messy, painful, bloody and often fatal if they dont get safe haven behind bars early enough. Assad and his cronies are graspping at the last straw for their very dear lives knowing that if they fall now they will end up either behind bars for life or very dead. Sadly however, before that time comes, they will conitinue the bloodshed as their only option. Very much like Libya. Let the people decide. And let the Arabian nations play more active role in the impending transition.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |