Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Syria: Shootings, Arrests Follow Hama Protest

At Least 16 Killed in Last 48 Hours

(New York) – Syrian security forces responded to a large
peaceful protest on July 1, 2011, in Syria’s central city of Hama with a series
of deadly raids, killing at least 16 people in the last 48 hours, Human Rights
Watch said today. Security forces and pro-government armed groups, known
locally as shabiha, raided homes, opening fire several times, and set up
checkpoints encircling Hama, Syria’s fourth-largest city.

Syria: Rising Toll in Homs

3 New Deaths in Crackdown Brings Total to At Least 21
Since June 17

(New York, July 2, 2011) – Government security forces and their allies
have killed at least 21 people in Homs since June 17, 2011, as they crack down
on Syria’s third-largest city, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces
and pro-government armed groups, known locally as shabeeha, shot and
killed at least three protesters on July 1, witnesses and local human rights
groups told Human Rights Watch.