9:37am

Fri May 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Syria Again Attacks Its Civilians

Thousands of people have turned out in cities and town across Syria, again demanding increased freedom from the government of President Bashar al-Assad. AFP says Syrian security forces fired into a crowd in Homs, apparently killing at least five people.

Al Jazeera is liveblogging reports of violence in Damascus, Deraa, Sanamin, Baniyas and Midan.

Twitter is bursting with Syrian news of torture and death, large protests and security forces who fire into the air to menace demonstrators. @MalathAumran is tweeting about young people trapped by live fire in Barza and Syrian forces using tear gas on protesters in Homs.

The Syrian unrest has continued for about two months; the United Nations estimates this past week, some 1,400 people have fled Syria for Lebanon. CNN says they'll join at least 4,000 Syrians already in Lebanon. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.