Syrian Troops Open Fire at Funerals


After opening fire on protesters Friday, Syrian security forces, in at least three towns on Saturday, fired into crowds of mourners burying the protesters killed a day earlier. Human-rights activists and witnesses said at least six people have been killed today as a result of the violence, and the death toll from Friday has reached 104 people. The new clashes suggest that Syria might be entering “a prolonged period of turmoil,” according to the New York Times. The protests in Syria have yet to achieve the critical mass of revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, but organizers believe the bloodshed may draw more Syrians into the uprising’s fold. Meanwhile, two members of Syria’s Parliament, Khalil al-Rifai and Nasser al-Hariri, resigned in protest of the killing of demonstrators. [NYT]