Syrian security forces fired at demonstrators in the southern city of Deraa as thousands took to streets across Syria after Friday prayers to demand the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad, witnesses and activists said.
"They are firing at demonstrators in alleyways and people are running for cover. Protesters have been trying to avoid heavy security in main streets," a resident of Deraa, a technician who gave his name as Ayman, told Reuters by phone.
Security forces also used tear gas to try to disperse demonstrators in Deraa, witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
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