March 25, 2011 / 2:40 PM / 9 years ago

Gunfire heard in Syrian city, protesters flee

DAMASCUS, March 25 (Reuters) - The sound of gunfire was heard in the centre of the Syrian city of Deraa on Friday and protesters were seen fleeing from the square, a Reuters witness said.

Protesters also set fire to a statue of late President Hafez al-Assad, father of Syria’s current leader.

Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi; editing by Andrew Dobbie

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