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Syria sees 'relatively peaceful' protests
Security forces hold fire more than usual amid "low turnout" for nationwide protests.
Last Modified: 13 May 2011 20:56

A relatively lower number of deaths and injuries of civilians have been reported as large anti-demonstrations were staged across Syria on Friday.

Unlike previous Fridays, security forces mostly held their fire - reportedly on the orders of president Bashar al-Assad.

But some activists say the reason for the lower number of casualties is a result of a low-turnout of protesters amid heavy military crackdowns and sieges across the country.

Zeina Khodr reports on nationwide demonstrations that some activists said were dedicated to Syrian women imprisoned for protesting.

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Al Jazeera
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