Syrian Unrest Continues to Claim Lives

Stop Fundamentalism – At least 30 protesters died in Syrian cities across the country today in clashes between government security forces and demonstrators, activists reported to Associated Press.  Most deaths apear to have taken place in the city of Homs.

The United Nations last estimated that the number of those killed in Syria by government forces since the demonstrations began in mid March is over 3000.

Most Friday’s deaths happened in central cities of Hama and Homs.  Reports say that all communications to the cities where major protests are taking place, have been cut off by government forces in an attempt to clampdown on the demonstrations.

There are repots of military personnel refusing to fire on people demonstrating and about 50 defections from the military. 

There was heavy military presence in Damascus today.  Nevertheless, massive demonstrations began after the Friday prayers.

Protesters are now requesting the international community to impose a no-fly zone over Syria and specially the Homs city but no aerial attacks by Assad’s government have been reported yet. 

The Syrian opposition, while it has not called for an international military intervention but it is asking the global community to extend international protections for the Syrian people

The Arab League is calling for a dialogue between the two sides but none of the two sides have agreed.