Bashar al-Assad Attacks a Mosque

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Like father, like son, I guess:

At least six people were killed early Wednesday when Syrian security forces attacked protesters who had taken refuge in a mosque in the center of the southern city of Dara'a, news agencies reported. The Associated Press said security forces killed another three people during protests later in the day.

Syrian state television early on Wednesday described a different scene at the Omari mosque, showing guns, grenades and ammunition that it said had been taken from inside the mosque after a police raid. The television report acknowledged four dead, but said they had been killed when "an armed gang" attacked an ambulance.

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