Syrian death toll on the rise
The main hospital in the southern Syrian city of Daraa has received the bodies of at least 25 demonstrators who died in a confrontation with security forces, a hospital official told Reuters on Thursday. Security forces opened fire on hundreds of people at the northern entrance to the city yesterday afternoon, according to witnesses.
There were unconfirmed reports that dozens more bodies were taken to Tafas hospital outside the city, they added.
So far, at least 32 civilians have been killed in the protests, which started last Friday.
Witnesses said Thursday hundreds of troops patrolled Daraa's main streets.
Meanwhile, about 100 Syrians demonstrated Thursday in front of the Syrian consulate in Dubai, demanding to oust the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They were chanting slogans against Lebanon's Hizbullah and Iran.
The demonstrators said that "Israel is more merciful than the Syrian regime. It did not do what this regime did to us." And they also chanted: "The one who kills his own people is a traitor " and "No to Iran, not to Hizbullah." The protesters accused the Syrian regime of using fighters of Hizbullah to kill Syrians in Daraa."