More Violence as Syrians Stage Mass Protests

Friday, December 30, 2011

A protester in the flahspoint central Syrian city of Homs throws a tear gas bomb back towards security forces, on December 27, 2011. Syrian police used tear gas to disperse some 70,000 people in Homs. (-/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Syria on Friday in the largest demonstration in months, prompting more violent clashes between protesters and security forces. At least 10 people have been killed, according to reports. Dozens were injured when troops detonated "nail bombs" to disperse crowds in a Damascus suburb. Emboldened by the presence of Arab League peace monitors, activists hope to show their strength to the outside world.

Jon Donnison, reporter for the BBC, has been monitoring the situation from Beirut and discusses the latest developments.

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