Dec. 16 - Activists say Syrian forces killed 13 people during widespread protests against President Bashar al-Assad, one day after Syria's big power ally Russia sharpened criticism in a draft U.N. resolution. Katharine Jackson reports.
This video purports to show a military vehicle spewing gunfire as it speeds through a street in Homs, Syria. Obtained from a social media web site - the video, which cannot be independently verified by Reuters, also depicts protesters chanting and dancing in a rally against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Activists say Syrian forces killed 13 people during the widespread protests in Homs and Deraa on Friday...one day after Syria's ally Russia sharpened criticism of Damascus in a United Nations draft resolution. Russia's move paves the way for the 15-nation Security Council panel to issue its first statement of purpose on Assad's crackdown. Observers say two hundred thousand people attended the rally in Homs, during which the video shows images of government officials hanging from a mock gallows. Exact numbers of protesters could not be confirmed because Syria bars most independent journalists. The United Nations estimates 5,000 people have been killed in nine months of protests against Assad's rule. Katharine Jackson, Reuters.