Syria cracks down hard

Syria unleashes force on protesters demanding
freedom as unrest spreads
Reports of many killed as marchers take to streets, plus confrontations in Jordan,
Yemen and Bahrain

Katherine Marsh in Damascus, Tom Finn in Sana’a and Martin Chulov in Beirut

Demonstrations in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and elsewhere were met with force as security forces struggled to contain unrest that had begun in the southern city of Deraa a week ago.

Thousands once again joined funeral processions in Deraa on Friday, chanting: “Deraa people are hungry, we want freedom.”

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