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Syria: Teen Killed as Violence Spreads to Aleppo

Syrian forces fire on thousands of protesters in Aleppo, as violence spreads to the major economic hub.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 5/5/2012, 12:04 AM

Demonstrators protest near Aleppo
Demonstrators protest near Aleppo
Reuters

Syrian forces fired on thousands of protesters on Friday in Aleppo, killing a teenager, The Associated Press reported.

The incidents came after a raid on dormitories at the city's main university killed four students and enflamed tensions in a key bastion of support for the regime.

An Aleppo-based activist told AP the protests were the largest the city has seen since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad in March 2011. Aleppo is a major economic hub that has remained largely loyal to Assad over the course of the 14-month uprising.

“The people are incensed by what happened at the university,” the activist, Mohammed Saeed, said. “Everyone wants to express solidarity with those students.”

He said security forces were out in full force, firing live ammunition to disperse protesters and arresting people randomly.

During Friday's protests, security forces killed a 16-year-old youth in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo and wounded around 30 other people, Saeed told AP. Scores also were arrested, he said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground in Syria, confirmed that a teenager was gunned down.

Amateur videos showed a large number of people shouting “Allahu akbar”, with other videos showed protesters shouting, “Death rather than humiliation!”

Meanwhile, in the Damascus district of Kfar Souseh, regime forces opened fire on hundreds of mourners during a funeral procession, forcing people to flee in panic as bullets whizzed overhead, a witness told AP.

The killing of citizens by government forces in Syria continued this week despite attempts to enforce a UN-brokered “ceasefire plan,” an ongoing issue that the arrival two weeks ago of an advance team of international peacekeeping observers has not been able to change.

A spokesman for UN envoy Kofi Annan, who brokered the plan, said on Friday the international envoy believes his peace plan for Syrian remains “on track”.

A UN team of up to 300 members is to monitor compliance with a truce. UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said about 40 U.N. observers are on the ground in Syria and that the force will grow to 65 by Sunday.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)