Aug. 6 - New videos purport to show demonstrators across Syria defying the crackdown to protest against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Nick Rowlands reports.
NOTE: REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE Amateur video published on a social media website shows gunfire and tear gas claimed to have been fired in a suburb of Damascus after prayers on the first Friday of Ramadan. Tens of thousands of demonstrators were said to take to the streets across Syria to protest against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Activists claim at least 18 civilians were killed in the continued violent suppression by security forces. A six-day tank assault on the city of Hama has killed at least 300 civilians, according to refugees fleeing the assault. Despite the bloody military crackdown, protesters remain defiant. Demonstrations on Friday were reported to be held in Damascus, Hama, Homs, Aleppo, and a predominantly Kurdish area in the northeast. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.