Syrian president fires Daraa governor after violence at mosque
A Syrian man looks at a damaged Automated Teller Machine in Daraa on Monday following a crackdown on protests.
March 23rd, 2011
01:26 PM ET

Syrian president fires Daraa governor after violence at mosque

The head of Syria's Daraa governate was removed from his position Wednesday as violence flared in the city of Daraa, Syrian state television reported.

Earlier Wednesday, Syrian security forces opened fire into a crowd of demonstrators in front of a mosque in Daraa, witnesses said.

Reports from human rights and advocacy groups said up to six people were killed and a number of others wounded in the incident.

An eyewitness who did not want his named used out of concern for his safety said security forces shot into the crowd in front of the Al Omari mosque before daybreak. He also said he heard an explosion.

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    December 31, 2012 at 3:38 am |
  2. Wisdom1961

    The new young men of the Middle East are affected by the new digital age and want democracy for themselves. They have nothing while their rulers have everything. The age of democracy and its rights are evolving into reality now. Overthrowing outdated despotic dictatorships where corruption and violence thrive are being exposed inch by brutal inch. My heart bleeds for all who continue to suffer in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia. The Governments Propaganda Machines are churning full time and are blaming all democratic states and countries as the enemies or "agitators" as the cause of the the problem. Lift the Media Black Out and let the world see what you are hiding. We can read between the lines. You cant hide forever.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  3. Tony

    Look at what leaders are saying, we want to protect civilians from not getting hurt and prevent casualties, the hypocrisy...is the world wants to help Muslim civilians!

    March 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  4. Tony

    "He will be sent at a time of intense disputes and differences among people and earthquakes."

    March 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  5. Tony

    There are many signs that will precede what is yet to come, a general and very important sign is that he will come at a time when there is great confusion, intense disputes and violent deaths. When people are afflicted by disturbances and fear. Calamities will fall upon the people, so much so that a man shall not find shelter to shelter him from oppression and death, Syria is next and other Arab countries, the 11 year war is beginning.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  6. Normative

    Syria is a nasty place because of who rules it.

    March 24, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  7. T-party

    When will one of our Presidents grow some ba-lls and send tomahawks towards Syria and Iran?

    March 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  8. Reality

    The solution to all of this chaos is so simple:

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslim souls:
    There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam

    Saving 2 billion lost Christian souls:
    There was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity

    Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    Added details upon request.

    March 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  9. ScottK

    Is there a reason this is on the "Belief Blog" other than the people in this country probably have a religious belief?

    March 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • AgnosticNostrils

      the shooting supposedly happened in front of a mosque. They are just trolls. Have fun commenting!

      March 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  10. sam

    I just talkd to eyewitness in Daraa, Syria. the Goverment had killed hunrededs already and trying to dispose there bodies, any person who try to get the body of his relatives get shot by snipers. please please please, CNN, please try to broadcast the Genocide that is taking place right now in Daree Syria, no other news channel is broadcasting anything

    March 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • g

      there should be something coming through soon if that is the case.

      March 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Keith

      sorry, you only get what Big Brother wants you to see. Mosaic on Link TV is an alternate source. They are reporting on this. Also on the violent crackdown on civilians in Bahrain. Maybe coalition forces will head there next to wipe out the Saudi troops who invaded. Yeah, right. As much as I hate to say it, I have more faith in what I see on Al Jazeera than I do in what is seen on FOX News, CNN, CBS, etc. If however, you want to skip to the end and see how this islamic uprising plays out, read Psalm 83.

      March 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  11. syriall

    just in:

    the syrian authorities catch some members of the armied group which tried (by support of the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia) to cause destruction in Syria,

    the armied group stored arms in the mosque and attached people to create "constructive chaos" in Syria
    they kindnapped children and used them as human shield
    last night, they attached ambulance killing physician, nurse, drive, and member of the securty forcers.

    March 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
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