Syrian forces fire at Friday prayers protests

AMMAN Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:49am EDT

AMMAN Aug 26 (Reuters) - Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired at protesters demanding his removal in the Damascus suburb of Douma after Friday prayers, as protests flared anew across Syria in a sixth-month-old uprising against autocratic rule, activists said.

"Protesters phoned in to say that two people have been killed, but this is an initial report still to be confirmed," an activist in Damascus told Reuters by phone. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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