Syria sees 'relatively peaceful' protests

Security forces hold fire more than usual amid "low turnout" for nationwide protests.

    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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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