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Created by theisraelproject on Dec 12, 2010
Last updated: 07/29/11 at 02:25 PM
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Syrian military raids the homes of suspected activists, approximately 300 arrested, approximately 20 killed, including children. Human Rights Group Avaaz, claims 2,918 people have been "forcibly disappeared" since anti-government demonstrations began in Syria on 15 March.
Following noon prayers another five people were killed as citizens amplified their protests. France issued a condemnation of Syria's actions.
Hundreds of Thousands of Syrians protest Assad, at least 11 more killed.
According to The Guardian, "unarmed military cadets were seen marching with civilian protesters and calling for the overthrow of the regime and the departure of President Bashar al-Assad."
Security forces also attacked protesters in Homs.
Supporters of President al-Assad attacked the embassies of France and the United States in Damascus. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned both the attacks and the incumbent regime, stating that al-Assad had "lost legitimacy," and that "President Assad is not indispensable and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power."
In the presence of the French and United States ambassadors to Syria, a demonstration was held in Al-Assy Square in Hama, with an estimated 500,000 protesters. There were also demonstrations in Damascus and its countryside, Homs, Idlib, Deir Al-Zour, Latakia, Qamishli and Deraa. For the first time the unrest spread to the centre of the capital city of Damascus where security services were filmed firing at protesters at close range.
Government tanks and troops began deploying around Hama, with reports of gunfire and mass arrests taking place in the city.
Over half a million people were said to have joined the demonstration in Hama, making it the largest single rally thus far.
Mass Friday demonstrations occurred all over Syria. For the first time, people in central Damascus began protesting, where they were immediately shot outside the local mosque, killing 6.
For the first time, mass protests of regular civilians occurred in Aleppo. Activists say 19 were killed nationwide by security forces.
Syrian Army began military operations against the towns of Maarat al-Numan and Jisr ash-Shugur near the international border with Turkey. These operations reportedly included the deployment of troops, tanks, artillery, and even attack helicopters. Refugees streamed out of the towns in Idlib Governorate, with well over 2,000 fleeing into Turkey. For the first time, the Arab League condemned Syria's crackdown and repression.
Syrian state TV reported that 120 soldiers were killed in Jisr al-Shughour by what the news agency called "armed gangs" launching an ambush. Residents claim that the soldiers were in reality executed by the Syrian army itself for refusing to fire on protesters.
64 people were killed in Hama alone by security forces. United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a statement saying Assad is about to lose legitimacy. The Syrian government reportedly began using hellicopter gunships on protesters, killing at least 10 in Rastan.
Human rights groups say the civilian death toll has reached over 1,100. They also confirmed that soldiers who refused to fire on civilians were executed by the Syrian army.
The death toll from Friday through Saturday rose to 76. Security forces in Homs fired on a funeral procession, killing 22 mourners.
Over 23 people, including 2 boys, were killed by security forces across Syria. Most of the deaths occurred in Homs.
The Syrian army's siege across the country continued, especially in Talkalakh, where 7 civilians were killed by Syrian army snipers when trying to cross the border into Lebanon.
In an escalation of the siege on Homs, tanks were sent in and began shelling buildings, with at-least 5 killed. Secretary general of the UN Ban Ki-moon demanded that the UN have access to Daraa.
Dozens of tanks were sent to the Syrian city of Homs as part of the crackdown.
Thousands rallied in Aleppo, Homs, Deir ez-Zor, Sheikh Meskeen, Damascus. Al Jazeera reported that at least 62 civilians were claimed dead as a result of the security forces' response to the protests.
The Syrian government deployed tanks to Daraa, killing at least 25 people
Ten of thousands took to the streets in Damascus, and in at least ten other cities in the country. At least 70 people were killed nationwide when security forces opened fire on the demonstrators.
More than 10,000 demonstrators staged an anti-government sit-in in Homs, and a massive funeral procession for six demonstrators who had been killed also took place in the city. Security forces shot dead at least 13 people when dispersing a protest.
Tens of thousands of people held protests in several Syrian cities, including Baniyas, Latakia, Baida, Homs, and Deir ez-Zor.
Hundreds of women took part in a march demanding the release of 350 men arrested in town of Bayda. Protests also spread to Aleppo University, as security forces and students clashed on the campus of Aleppo's faculty of literature and three students were arrested.
27 anti-government protesters were killed in Daraa and many other were wounded when security forces opened fire with rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse stone-throwing protesters. At least three people were killed in Damascus's suburb city of Harasta and two people were killed and dozens wounded in Homs, Syria's third largest city. A human rights group said 37 people killed in protests across the country on Friday. In Latakia, witnesses said Syrian security forces used live ammunition to disperse hundreds of people who gathered to protest
Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in support of President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Aleppo, Hasaka, Homs, Tartous and Hama. President Assad accepted the official resignation of the government led by Muhammad Naji al-Otari. President Assad made a speech blaming foreign conspirators for the cause of the uprising and declaring that the emergency law will not be lifted. Disappointed by the president's speech, protesters took to the street in Latakia, where they were fired on by police.
Tens of thousands took to the streets in protest around the nation, defying a state that has once again demonstrated its willingness to use lethal force. Military troops opened fire during protests in the southern part of Syria and killed peaceful demonstrators.
Around 20,000 protesters marched at the funerals of nine protesters killed by security forces in Daraa. Syrian Human Rights Committee reported that number of deaths rose to 32 while AFP reported that more than 100 people were killed by police gunfire in Daraa.
There were reports that at least 15 protesters had been killed by security forces in southern Syria.There were reports that Syrian security forces had opened fire on hundreds of young protesters who had been marching towards Daraa.
Thousands of people took to the streets in Daraa and troops were sent to the city. Hundreds of people protested in Jassem and there were reports of protests in Banias, Homs and Hama. Police officers fired live ammunition into the crowds.
Thousands took to the streets in the city of Daraa for a third day, shouting slogans against the country's emergency law.
After Friday prayers, thousands of protesters demanding an end to alleged government corruption took to the streets of cities across Syria. The protesters were met with a violent crackdown orchestrated by state security forces. In the southern city of Daraa, the regime responded with helicopters and water cannons.
Simultaneous demonstrations took place in major cities across Syria. Thousands of protesters gathered in al-Hasakah, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor, and Hama.
A number of young boys under 15 years of age were arrested in Daraa, for writing on the walls of the city a slogan of the 2010–11 Arab uprisings that: "the people want to overthrow the regime".
A spontaneous demonstration broke out outside Al-Hamidiyah Souq in Damascus, to protest the police beating of a local shop owner. Several men gathered and blocked a road, while chanting that "The Syrian people will not be humiliated". An eyewitness estimated that there were more than 1,500 demonstrators.
A "Day of Rage" was called for in Syria from 4–5 February on social media sites Facebook and Twitter. Protesters demanded governmental reform.