Syrians Gunned Down in Line at Bakery

As emir of Qatar calls for Arab League troops in Syria
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2012 8:12 AM CST
Syrians Gunned Down in Line at Bakery
Supporters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) gather in the Khalidiya neighborhood of the flashpoint city of Homs on January 13, 2012 as thousands protested in support of the rebels throughout the country.   (Getty Images)

Syrian security forces fired at random on civilians waiting in line at a bakery in Homs today, killing five of them and injuring nine others, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as violence continues to grip the country. Security forces also raided a university dorm in Aleppo, arresting nine students, and killed five would-be deserters in a firefight in Idlib, CNN reports. The violence has continued unabated despite the presence of Arab League monitors and Bashar al-Assad's declaration of amnesty for protesters.

The violence came the day after 60 Minutes aired an interview with Qatar's Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in which he said the Arab League should send troops into Syria to stop the violence. "I think for such a situation—to stop the killing, some troops should go. To stop the killing," he said, though he added that it was only his opinion; the idea will be discussed during a meeting of Arab ministers. (More Syria stories.)

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