Syrian police fire teargas at protesters
SYRIAN police have fired teargas on protesters in the southern town of Daraa, rocked by a fifth straight day of anti-regime protests, a human rights activist says.
The incident took place near the Omari mosque yesterday, the activist said.
About 1000 protesters had gathered around the mosque and many formed a human shield around it to prevent security forces from approaching the shrine, a witness said earlier.
Syria, which is still under a 1963 emergency law banning demonstrations, has witnessed a string of small but unprecedented protests demanding the end of the ruling Assad regime for one week now.
Daraa, a town about 100 kilometres south of Damascus and home to large tribal families, has been the focal point of the rallies, the latest in a string of uprisings against long-running autocratic regimes in the Arab world.