March 24, 2011 / 9:40 PM / 8 years ago

Obama administration condemns Syria crackdown

Protesters drag away a body as it lies among others in a street during a demonstration in Deraa in this still image from amateur video taken March 23, 2011 and posted on a social media website. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States condemned on Thursday a “brutal” crackdown on demonstrators by Syria’s government, the White House said.

“The United States strongly condemns the Syrian government’s brutal repression of demonstrations, in particular the violence and killings of civilians at the hands of security forces,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

He said those responsible for the violence must be held accountable and said Washington calls on Syria’s government to exercise restraint and respect the rights of its people.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, Editing by Sandra Maler

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