Syrian forces fire on Deraa protesters - witnesses

Syrian security forces fired live rounds on Thursday at hundreds of protesters marching in a night...

Anti-government activists gesture on the streets of Daraa, 100kms south of the capital Damascus on March 23, 2011. Picture: AFP.

Syrian security forces fired live rounds on Thursday at hundreds of protesters marching in a night demonstration in the southern city of Deraa to demand the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, two witnesses said.

Night demonstrations have been erupting daily in Deraa and other cities and towns across Syria to circumvent a heavy security presence that intensified in the past several weeks after street protests grew in numbers and tanks were deployed inside urban centres.