Aug. 23 - Crackdown on protesters continue in Syria; U.N. calls on President Assad to stop assault on innocent civilians. Julie Noce reports.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL A hailstorm of bullets are heard in this amateur video shot Monday in Syria... And then... a man laying on the ground who appears to have been shot. Another man is dragged to safety-- leaving a trail of blood in his wake. Syrian human rights groups say government forces opened fire on a group of demonstrators in Homs leaving three people dead. The incident happened on the same day a United Nations humanitarian group was visiting the country. During a meeting at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva, representatives called on the Syrian government to end it's bloody crackdown on peaceful protests. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR EILEEN CHAMBERLAIN DONAHOE, SAYING: "Our message today to the Syrian government is clear: we will not turn a blind eye as you deliberately and ruthlessly, imprison, torture and kill your own citizens. To the brave people of Syria who are demanding freedom and dignity, we send the message that the world stands by you and we will not ignore your plight." According to U.N. officials, more than 2200 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Al-Assad began in mid March. Julie Noce, Reuters