July 9th, 2011
09:26 AM ET

Human Rights Watch: Syrian forces ordered to shoot unarmed protesters

Syrian security forces were commanded to shoot unarmed protesters, according to military and security agency defectors interviewed by a human rights watchdog.

Human Rights Watch said Saturday that they "described receiving, and following, orders to shoot on protesters to disperse them."

Efforts to reach the Syrian government for comment were not immediately successful.

The claims coincide with ongoing assertions by Syrian activists that security personnel have assaulted unarmed protesters. The Syrian regime claims armed groups are responsible for the violence at the demonstrations, which erupted nationwide in mid-March

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    SOUNDS like syrians got their hands caught in the cookie jar...

    July 9, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Syrian security forces military commander

    nothing to see here. nothing to see here. everything is normal, go about your business...

    July 9, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. pitbulls work better

    for crowd contol..

    July 9, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      They also make a very tasty stew...

      July 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HRH banasy

    Syria will find a way to blame the United States.
    Just watch.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. kim

    Sad your own government is turning against its citizens who probably pay taxes to fund the military yet the people they put in offices dont know how to leave or truely serve the people there suppose to govern. Just terrible when you cant trust your own country.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT

    as long as they are armed they are safe... it's only the unarmed ones that have to worry....

    July 9, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. HRH banasy

    @Ruffie:
    I hear ya.
    Apparently the Syrian army only shoots ats targets that don't shoot *back*.

    @kim:
    True.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. HRH banasy

    @Ruffie:
    I hear ya.
    Apparently the Syrian army only shoots at targets that don't shoot *back*.

    @kim:
    True.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. HRH banasy

    I hate when it does that.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT

    the only easier target would be women and children...

    July 9, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    They could disperse a crowd with water or tear gas.
    They must want to exterminate the problem.
    That's why we need to have guns as civilians. Think about it.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT

    Is this really true or is this just more right-wing propaganda? It's funny just how much we're not hearing from Yemen lately as that cursed Ali Abdullah Saleh slimes his way back into power. Besides, I want to know whether those Yemeni protesters were killed yesterday by Yemeni security forces loyal to Saleh or the American military. I guess that the right-wing media won't tell us that, of course!

    July 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Godd posting, RUFFNUTT and very true indeed!!!

      July 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HRH banasy

    Oooh, the Troll Brigade is back again.
    One could tell by the misspelling of "good", and JIF would *never* let a slip like that go by.
    Not to mention Ruffie is one-of-a-kind.
    Once again, why aren't you posting at the Political Ticker blog?
    I know why.
    They would laugh you out of the blog so fast your fake head would 360.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I could never, never write that 12:51 post.
    No...never.
    So there.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mad Hatter

    There's too many people in the world to keep everybody happy.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
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