AMMAN Aug 12 Syrian forces fired live
ammunition at protesters coming out of a main mosque after
Friday Prayers in the besieged city of Deir al-Zor, witnesses
said, as protests against President Bashar al-Assad broke out
elsewhere in the country.
"Military Intelligence directed their AK-47s at the mosque,
hitting the main air-conditioning unit, which caught fire. The
whole neighbourhood is echoing with the sound of bullets," said
one of the witnesses, an engineer in the Ordi district who lives
near Harwil Mosque.
"Worshippers are running to take cover in alleyways," he
said by phone from Deir al-Zor, capital of an oil-producing
province on the border with Iraq.
Syrian authorities have banned independent media, making it
difficult to verify events on the ground.
(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Peter Graff)