5 More Killed in Syria

Arab League statement calling for peace rejected
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2011 4:12 PM CDT
Syria Uprising: 5 More Protesters Killed
In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and provided by Shaam News Network, protesters, march during a demonstration against the Syrian regime, on Aug. 26, 2011.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network)

(Newser) – Five more people were reported shot dead in Syria today, including a 12-year-old boy, as security forces continued cracking down on critics of President Bashar Assad. Meanwhile, Syria rejected a statement from the Arab League calling for an end to the violence as well as elections, an army withdrawal, the release of political prisoners and jailed protesters, and the inclusion of opposition members in a new government. Russia also plans to send an envoy to Damascus tomorrow, while Turkey’s president says his country has “lost confidence” in Syria’s leadership, Al Jazeera reports. (Read more Syria stories.)

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