November 6th, 2011
01:53 AM ET

Gunfire, protests mar Eid celebrations in Syria

What is usually a time of comity and celebrations was marked by gunfire and protests in Syria on Sunday as residents ushered in the first day of the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha.

In Aleppo, Syria's largest city and the country's economic center, residents took to the streets in anti-government protests after the morning Eid prayers, according to the the Local Coordination Committees of Syria - a network of opposition activists.

In the southern city of Daraa, where the unrest started in March, security forces fired in the air to disperse crowds and prevent them from demonstrating after prayers, the group said.

And in Arbeen, a suburb of the capital Damascus, government forces set up barricades and maintained a heavy presence, it said.

Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the Muslim prophet Ibraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God, is one of two major holidays in Islam. The other, Eid al-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.

In ordinary times, the occasions are marked with joyous community prayers, acts of charity, visits from far-flung relatives, gift-giving and elaborate feasts.

But Syria is in the midst of a nearly eight-month uprising that started with calls for elections and an end to abuses by security forces, but turned into widespread calls for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.

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  1. s kel

    I allways celebrate my friends birthday by going out side yelling in a high pitched voice and shooting my AKM into the sit om full auto.

    November 6, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT ( elfslayer )

    what goes up must come down...

    November 6, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    I used to go in the front lawn as a child,and shoot my arrows straight up just to see where theyd land dam lucky to be here 2day

    November 6, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kelly

    Can't have a proper arabic holy celebration without violence, blood and death! Happy holidays!

    November 6, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Well, at least they waited until after prayers to start...

    November 6, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kelly

    Lol banasy, and they say progress can't be made in the middle east!

    November 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • One World

      Kelly and banasy©

      How many people were KILLED in the WORLD WAR 1 and 2?!!?!!? WHo was leading these horrific wars?

      Talk abt arabs and peace! Check your history first! 🙂

      November 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. funky bunch

    Arab Spring is still in the air.

    November 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. €:^)

    There's also a knock off of Irish spring soap called Arab spring you can find it at your local gas station.

    November 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Avser Bastian

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS ARE ALSO KNOWN UNDER ZIONIST "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP" IN AMERICA !!! TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP FROM HANDS OF WHITE AMERICANS TO SO CALLED "MINORITIES"(COMMUNISM)
    Wall street protesters are Obama's raise of the planet Apes army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow where Mr. SOVIET UNION NUMBER TWO or new Stalin is in place = PUTIN

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTEST MOVEMENT IS LED BY SO CALLED "ANONYMOUS" !!

    Anonymous !!? REALLY !!?

    NOW TELL ME WHO IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE WHERE WE ARE SURVEILLANCED 24/7 !!? WHO !!?

    NOBODY !!! ABSOLUTELY NOBODY IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE AND NOR ARE THOSE WHO MADE YOU PROTEST FOR THEIR SAKE OR WHAT MULTICULTURALISM(animal Apartheid) IS !!! http://multiculturalismisterrorism.blogspot.com

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    November 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Avser Bastian

    WHITES ARE NOT WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON'T NEED YOU ANY MORE !!!

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    THIS NEWS IS RELATED TO WALL-STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET, BUT ANTI WHITES !!!

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS ARE ALSO KNOWN UNDER ZIONIST "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP" IN AMERICA !!! TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP FROM HANDS OF WHITE AMERICANS TO SO CALLED "MINORITIES"(COMMUNISM)

    Wall street protesters are Obama's raise of the planet Apes army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow where Mr. SOVIET UNION NUMBER TWO or new Stalin is in place = PUTIN

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTEST MOVEMENT IS LED BY SO CALLED "ANONYMOUS" !!

    Anonymous !!? REALLY !!?

    NOW TELL ME WHO IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE WHERE WE ARE SURVEILLANCED 24/7 !!? WHO !!?

    NOBODY !!! ABSOLUTELY NOBODY IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE AND NOR ARE THOSE WHO MADE YOU PROTEST FOR THEIR SAKE OR WHAT MULTICULTURALISM(animal Apartheid) IS !!! http://multiculturalismisterrorism.blogspot.com

    GREEK CRISES http://burnbabyburnahaha.blogspot.com

    November 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kelly

    ^^ wins for longest post making the least sense...

    November 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |