May 4th, 2012
05:27 AM ET

Opposition activists: Syrian forces attack towns, killing 10

Syrian forces opened fire on various towns Friday, activists said, as the opposition planned mass protests after prayers to continue the revolt against President  Bashar Al-Assad.

At least 10 people were killed, including two in Homs and three in Aleppo, where security forces clashed with students a day earlier, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.

In Anadan town in Aleppo province, security forces stormed a home and killed  a man, his wife and son, the opposition group said. Local activists said they will be buried after Friday prayers.

In Damascus Countryside province, forces raided homes in Qaboun town, activists said.

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  1. banasy©

    Color me shocked.
    I wish this were over; what is there left to prove, if anything?

    May 4, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    This is just another internal religious/tribal skirmish. What's to be done...these folks simply want no part of the 21st century and western ways/ideas. There would probably be at least as many people stoned or beheaded for some infraction of their Koran anyway, so we really need to just let them do what they have been doing for centuries – and seem to embrace it as part of their primitive culture.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Ah lah dah dah dah dee-–Ah lah dah dee deeh dah.

    May 4, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Cute! 😉
      And the beat goes on.....

      May 4, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @ Bill

    tribal diffrences & culture aside its more to do with awakening & being a part of 21st century. Its more to do with discontent and exploitation of the man on the street.
    Time & again I see posts misguidedly painting the people in these lands as simply barbaric, engaged in killing each other. I shake my head in dismay and remember what our great writer Mark Twain said about travel being the enemy of bigotry, prejudice & ignorance.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @saywhat

    Well said, always. You hang in there and keep the fire burning.
    Goodbye. 🙁 I will miss you. (arm around shoulder w/deep smile as for brother)

    May 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |

    Life is quirky but predictable to some extent, as the very same words of bigotry used against so many peoples within US in past., and to a large extent still are, can now be spoken in public forums because "they are not like us".
    I do not know where "us"lives but the peoples of Middle East, Central Asia, and occupants of many third world nations actions towards their own and other peoples are mirrored right here in good old god is on our side US of A.
    Euro Centrics multiple interventions ha e had a huge influence upon what those nations are like today.

    May 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LJC23

    The question posed by CNN – What should the world do about Syria? Should we invade or let their uprising progress to its ultimate conclusion; whatever that will be. Does the international community have an obligation to intervene or does Syria have a right to maintain their state sovereignty? Our belief in state sovereignty stems from the Pease of Westphalian (1648) – and reinforced with various conventions such as the Hague and Geneva which outlined laws of war and conduct between nations. The basic premise of these conventions was the actions of state-to-state conflict, not intra-state conflict or civil war. What guise would the world use to intercede? Maybe the R2P (Responsibility to Protect) initiative? Does this conflict meet the criteria outlined in the three pillars of the UN of R2P and the UN definitions of genocide, mass atrocities etc. Does Syria have a right to maintain their government – intact? Is the only thing holding us back is the threat of WMD? If their government fails, what happens to the chemical and biological weapons? Wouldn’t Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda or a number of other organizations do whatever is necessary to seize these potential game changers? At what point do we need to intervene?

    May 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Intervention in Syria would be guided by own & hidden agenda of Western powers as is the case always. Conventions take a back seat.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |

    Are we talking about a Sci-fi convention, for sometimes I wonder if the US does not consist of two alternative realitys.
    The real world US is a world where 24/7 interventions are planned.
    The alternative universe is one without history and whose occupants are reborn ea ch morn as fresh as new born babes, and then sent out to play so as not to bother their mommy and daddys while they take care of cleaning up the mess they made yesterday,

    May 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |