July 17 - Amateur video appears to show shots being fired into a crowd of Syrian protests, the latest in a violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations. Andrew Raven reports.
REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE This amateur video appears to show shots being fired into a crowd of protesters in the Syrian capital of Damascus. The volley came Friday as security forces violently suppressed anti-government demonstrations across the country. The rallies were the largest yet in a four-month-old pro-democracy uprising that has left hundreds dead and shaken the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Over the weekend, dozens of soldiers also reportedly defected from the army, joining protesters. In this video, posted to a social network site, demonstrators appear to be dancing on abandoned tanks in the city of Albu Kamal. That was part of a wave of protests across the country on Friday. Meanwhile, the country's previously fractious opposition has elected a national council designed to present a united challenge to Bashar's government. Andrew Raven, Reuters.