Middle East

Syria protests mapped

The Syrian army is continuing to suppress countrywide protests against President Bashar al-Assad. One human rights group says more than 500 people have been killed since the uprising began seven weeks ago, and thousands have been arrested.



A mobile phone snapshot, reportedly taken in Qamishli on 29 April, shows protesters carrying banners written in Arabic and Kurdish demanding democracy.


Anti-government protesters in Syria say seven people have been killed by the security forces in the town of Talkalakh, close to the border with Lebanon.

Razan, who is a resident of Damascus, tells the BBC about violence and protests around Syria.



Amateur video has captured the moment what was a peaceful protest in the Syrian city of Talbisah was broken up forcefully by soldiers.

This unverified video seems to show a peaceful protest in Talbisah. Moments into the footage, tanks fire on unarmed civilians. Wyre Davis reports.



Residents of Deraa walk past a burnt-out building. It follows shelling by troops in what human rights groups say was an intensified crackdown on protests in recent weeks.


Syrian army vehicles were photographed near Homs and broadcast on the Syrian opposition internet channel Sham SNN on 11 May.

Tanks and troops reportedly stormed the coastal city of Baniyas in the early hours of 7 May - heading for Sunni districts, according to human rights activists there.

The day before, hundreds of people were said to be fleeing the city - which has seen regular protests over the last few weeks - for fear that it would come under siege.

At least 20 people were reportedly killed on 6 May during another "day of defiance" by protesters across the country.

Most of the deaths were reported in the central city of Homs. Activists said at least 16 protesters were killed. The government said 10 soldiers and policemen were killed by "armed terrorist groups".

Six people were killed in Hama, north of Damascus, and two in the port city of Jableh, according to the Syrian rights group Insan.

In Deraa - where the protests first began on 18 March - reports said tanks had withdrawn following a two-week offensive and the city remained under seige. The Red Cross and Red Crescent have been allowed in to the city to treat casualties.

Violent clashes with security forces and demonstrators affected the suburbs of the capital, Damascus - namely Saqba, Erbin, Douma, Rami Nakhle, and Moadamya.

North of Damascus, in the town of Tal, there were protests and reports of security forces firing on demonstrators.

Other places affected by protests included the second city, Aleppo, and the north-eastern city of Raqqa; as well as the smaller towns of Qamishli, Suweida and Idlib.

Reports of protests and violence are difficult to verify because journalists have been banned from Syria. Most information about the crisis in the country is coming from social media, Syrian dissidents and human rights organisations.