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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  1. Superman

    @chrissy thanks for response, so people think im a troll? Im as genuine as a none troll as it gets im actually an arian hunter and a racist hunterbut not a troll but hey anyways thanks for your come back, so tell me what do you know about 18yr old female niow dont freak, my daughters kind of tripping out right now can you come back please

    February 18, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ superman, sorry fell asleep last nite but i posted my email addy for you but looks as though they deleted it. I woulda gave u a number to text me but not on here. Yea i know a lil bit bout teenage girls, i raised 3 of em.

    February 18, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ superman, just to be clear, you are NOT a racist right? Because i absolutely HATE racism!

    February 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    This is the only place where an entire "war" stops a few times each day for prayer. That aught to tell us something...if we let it. This endless bickering and violence in Muslim countries has been their pride and joy for centuries and if we look at all the countires that have had "Arab Spring", they're all right back into their old ways, or worse. Watch and learn. This will solve itself one day without anyone's intervention – in the form of just another regime worse than it's predecessor! Rely on it; just stay out of it!

    February 20, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
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