Syria's Deadly Crackdown On Protesters Continues

Aug 12, 2011
Originally published on August 12, 2011 6:31 pm
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NPR's Kelly McEvers has been following the story from Beirut. She sent this report.

KELLY MCEVERS: Here's Wissam Tarif of the Avaaz Human Rights Groups.

WISSAM TARIF: He was leaving the mosque and he was shot in the head. It was kind of execution. They targeted him.

MCEVERS: Tarif says more people were killed in the eastern city of Deir al-Zout, in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, and in a northern region near the border with Turkey. There, Tarif says, a pregnant woman was also shot by snipers.

TARIF: She wasn't in a protest. She was leaving her home. And she was shot in the upper part of the body, which is chest and neck, and she died instantly.

MCEVERS: So, he says, did her baby. This video from the northern city of Homs was filmed by activists today. It shows men in uniform firing rifles towards protesters who yell "God is great."

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MCEVERS: Kelly McEvers, NPR News, Beirut. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.