Syrian forces fire on Damascus protests

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

(Reuters) – Syrian forces opened fire with live ammunition on demonstrators in Damascus overnight, wounding at least four, activists said early Tuesday as unrest continued to spread in the capital.

Demonstrations and clashes with security forces have hit Damascus in the past week, undermining President Bashar al-Assad’s argument that an 11-month uprising has been the work of saboteurs and limited mainly to the provinces.

International diplomacy showed no sign of finding a solution, as Western powers and the Arab League prepared a meeting of “Friends of Syria” Friday to pressure Assad to step down, while Russia and China backed Assad’s reform plans, derided by Syria’s opposition.

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