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article imageSyrian forces kill 15 demonstrators

By Owen Weldon
Nov 5, 2011 in World
Violence in Syria continues as forces in murdered more than ten people on Friday, according to reports released by opposition groups.
Forces in Syria killed around 15 people on Friday. Activists and some officials in the west are questioning the government in Syria. They are question the government’s commitment to a plan that was broker earlier this week, which aim was to halt the violence that has been happening there for months now.
On Friday, protesters were urged by opposition groups to hit the streets to see if the government was being sincere. According to the New York Times, the government and the opposition do not want to be blamed, if the initiative were too failed. The initiative is being mediated by the Arab League, and they hope negotiations will be reached, but so far the plan that was drawn up by the Arab League has been tainted with violence.
Sources say that when protesters showed up on Friday, they wanted to see if the government’s forces would refrain from deadly force. Gunfire took place just a few short minutes after the protests started, and at least 15 people were killed. This has been the scenery for the past few months.
The plan that the Arab League foresees a stop to the violence as well as protesters who are detained released. According to Haaretz, the plan also foresees the withdrawal of army forces that are located in civilian areas.
The protests have been taking place since mid-March, and it is for pro-democracy. Government officials have been conducting brutal crackdowns since the protests started. So far, there have been more than 3,000 people killed.
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