Monday, April 18, 2011
Reports of shooting as thousands protest in Homs while Syrian government claims country is facing "armed insurrection".
"Gunfire has been heard in the Syrian city of Homs where thousands of anti-government protesters had gathered in the main square, a day after activists said at least 25 people were killed there. An activist on the ground told Al Jazeera that security forces had opened fire on protesters. At least two people are reported injured while tear gas has also been used, according to Al Jazeera's correspondent in Damascus, Cal Perry. Homs has been shut down by the army with three rings of checkpoints surrounding the city [Take that, IOF! This is how you do it right!], our correspondent added. Security forces had given protesters until 2.30am to clear the square, but gunfire was reported at 2.15am. Most of the square had been cleared with people scattering across the city, according to our correspondent. But protesters are afraid to go to hospitals, he says. "They are afraid if they go to the hospitals the security forces will be waiting for them there and they will end up in detention," says Perry. The latest protests against president Bashar al-Assad's 10-year rule come as Syria's interior ministry on Monday night said the country was facing an "armed insurrection".[The Insurrection of the People, You BASTARD!]....."