`Syrian troops kill 7 people on Eid al-Fitr`

Syrian forces killed seven people Tuesday when they opened fire in several towns to disperse protesters on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast.

Updated: Aug 30, 2011, 16:26 PM IST

Nicosia: Syrian forces killed seven people
today when they opened fire in several towns to disperse protesters, who emerged from mosques on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast, activists said.

The Local Coordination Committees said in a statement
that "seven people were killed on the first day of Eid al-Fitr
in Syria, including four in the town of Al-Harra and two in
Inkhil, in the Daraa province, and one in the (central) city
of Homs."

Pro-democracy protests that have rattled the autocratic
regime of President Bashar al-Assad first erupted in mid-March
in the southern province of Daraa.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights meanwhile
reported that "three people were killed and nine wounded when
security forces opened fire to disperse a huge demonstration
in Al-Harra after the (first) Eid al-Fitr prayers" that mark
the end of the holy fasting Muslim month of Ramzan.

The Committees said protesters rallied against the regime
after the early morning prayers, that are traditionally held
on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, with protests reported in
Nawa, Dael and other districts of Daraa.

It said a "huge" protest was formed as worshippers
emerged from the Al-Omari mosque in Daraa and marched to the
town`s cemetery. Muslims traditionally visit their dead on the
first day of the feast.

In the Daraa village of Dael, "children covered in
shrouds, instead of (new) Eid clothes, led a protest of some
10,000 people who emerged from the local mosque," the
Committees said in their statement.

PTI