Summary Box: Syrian troops fire at protesters

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Posted: Dec 16, 2011 11:02 AM
Summary Box: Syrian troops fire at protesters

PROTESTS UNDER FIRE: Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters after Friday prayers at several locations around the country. The army sent reinforcements into a southern area where military defectors recently launched attacks on regime troops.

WIDESPREAD RALLIES: Observers said that rallies took place all across Syria, with tens of thousands participating. At least one fatality was reported. Thousands have been reported killed since protests began in recent months against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

RUSSIAN TURNAROUND: Russia has begun circulating a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that it said was designed to resolve the conflict in Syria. The draft calls for an end to all violence. Previously Russia criticized opponents of the Syrian regime for employing violent tactics. Western nations said the Russian draft did not go far enough, because it contained no sanctions against the regime.