Gunfire heard around protest venue in Syrian city

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 9:25 PM

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Heavy gunfire was heard in the early hours of Wednesday around the Omari mosque in the southern Syrian city of Deraa, where hundreds of protesters have gathered for the past six days.

"It seems that security forces may be trying to storm the complex," one of the residents said.

(Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi and Khaled Yacoub Oweis)