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In a photo provided to AFP by a third party, Syrians demonstrate after Friday prayers in the central city of Hama on July 22. Syrian security forces killed at least eight civilians as more than 1.2 million protesters swarmed cities to protest against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, activists said.
In a photo provided to AFP by a third party, Syrians demonstrate against the government after Friday prayers in Hama on July 29. The Syrian government has banned most foreign media from entering the country, making it difficult to independently confirm events.
Syrian news website Shukumaku released this photo showing protesters hanging Syrian flags and portraits of President Bashar Assad at the fence wall of the U.S. Embassy compound in Syria on Monday. A U.S. official says the Obama administration will formally protest the attack and may seek compensation for damage caused when the mob breached the wall before being dispersed by Marine guards.
Syrians carry national flags during a candlelight vigil in honor of those who were killed in recent violence, in Damascus on Wednesday. It was the first officially sanctioned protest in the capital, and it comes just days after the regime allowed opposition activists to meet at a Damascus hotel.