Anti-government protesters in the southern Syrian city of Deraa have vowed to keep protesting against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, even as security forces step up efforts to crush a six-week-old revolt.
A drought-plagued city near the Jordanian border, Daraa has been without water, fuel or electricity since Monday, when the regime sent in troops backed by tanks and snipers to crush protests seeking the ouster of Assad. The 45-year-old, British-trained eye doctor inherited power from his father 11 years ago but failed to fulfill early promises of reform.
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Unable to leave their homes, Daraa residents chant “God is Great!” to each other from their windows in the evenings, infuriating security forces and raising each other’s spirits.
The Obama administration hit three top Syrian officials as well as Syria’s intelligence agency and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard with sanctions over the crackdown.
Date created : 2011-05-01