Latest Breaking News: At Least 50 Protesters Killed in Syria Crackdown > Syrian forces reverse by tanks killed more than 50 people, activists say, as President Bashar al-Assad protected the state’s duty to crack down on “outlaws” on Sunday.
Activists say security forces backed by tanks killed 42 citizens in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor and at least 10 more in the middle town of Hula.
“Forty-two civilians have been killed and more than 100 hurt in Deir Ezzor by firing from the armed forces and security workers,” Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights head Abdel Karim Rihawi told AFP on the day of Sunday August 7, 2011.
The Local Coordination Committees which prepared the protests said on Facebook that snipers were posted on rooftops in Deir Ezzor “and they are firing on anything that moves”, and also gave a toll of 42 dead. But Assad defended his security forces.
The Arab League also made its first official statement on the turbulence, calling on Damascus to “immediately” stop the violence that has shake the country since mid-March.
Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi also directed an “impartial probe” into the killing, warning against “chaos” and “religious strife” in Syria, a statement said.
Arabi expressed his “increasing concern” because of “the deterioration of the security situation in Syria following the rise in violence and military action in Hama, Deir Ezzor and several regions”.