Random shooting seen in Syria videos

April 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM
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DAMASCUS, Syria, April 24 (UPI) -- Leaked amateur videos from Syria show government forces randomly shooting into crowds of demonstrators and mourners, al-Jazeera said Sunday.

The Arabic broadcaster's blog and the YouTube Web site showed videos from Saturday's mass funerals during which government forces in a pickup truck randomly fired in all directions at a crowded funeral.

There were no immediate reports of deaths and injuries Saturday.

More than 100 anti-government protesters were killed Friday in rallies calling for President Bashar Assad to step down and democratic reforms. In accordance with Muslim faith, the victims were buried a day later and the funeral processions doubled as demonstrations, The Los Angeles Times reported.

A Syrian government official Saturday alleged protesters were smuggling out staged and fake videos and said government forces were only using water cannons and tear gas to dispel demonstrations.

Assad is refusing to bow to international pressure to cease the military response, prompting Israel's Haaretz to say the Syrian situation now resembles the bloody revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt that brought regime changes earlier this year.

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