AMMAN, July 31 Security forces shot dead three
demonstrators outside the main mosque in the southern Syrian
city of Deraa on Sunday, two local activists said, targeting a
protest held over a tank assault on the city of Hama launched
earlier in the day.
Activists said hundreds of people massed after nightly
prayers in the old quarter of Deraa in support of residents in
Hama, where at least 80 civilians were killed on Sunday when
tanks stormed the city, according to rights campaigners.
Deraa, cradle of a popular revolt against President Bashar
al-Assad that began in March, was the first town to be hit by
tanks three months ago in a military crackdown on unrest, and a
heavy security presence remains there.
(Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi; Editing by Mark Heinrich)