March 25, 2011
Syrian security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters near the city of Daraa, killing at least 20 people, according to one witness.
“There are more than 20 martyrs …. they [security forces] opened fire haphazardly,” the witness told Al Jazeera.
Reuters also reported that heavy gunfire could be heard in the southern city, the focal point for demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in recent days.
Rula Amin, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Damascus, said Syrian forces apparently opened fire after protesters set fire to a statue of the late president Hafer al-Assad.