February 18, 2012 / 10:19 AM / 8 years ago

Thousands of Syrians march against Assad at funeral

AMMAN (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Damascus on Saturday for the funeral of three youths killed in one of the largest protests against President Bashar al-Assad since the start of an 11-month uprising, witnesses said.

Footage broadcast live on the Internet showed women ululating to honor the ‘martyrs’, while mourners shouted “We sacrifice our blood, our soul for you martyrs. One, one, one the Syrian people are one”.

Opposition activists said on Friday Syrian security forces had shot dead at least three pro-democracy demonstrators at one of the biggest protests against Assad in Damascus.

A witness said up to 30,000 people attended Saturday’s funeral despite snowy weather.

Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; Editing by Sophie Hares

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