Crackdown

Syrian Forces Fire on Protesters

Syrian forces fired at protesters across the country Tuesday after the nightly Ramadan prayers, with dozens reportedly wounded. “Hundreds of parents are in the street looking for their sons,” said one witness in the Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya. Tanks rolled into Hama, with five people reportedly killed and 36 injured in the assault. Activists said 140 people have been killed since Sunday. Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council ended nearly eight hours of closed-door negotiations Tuesday—but no agreement was reached on how to deal with the Syrian crackdown. Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said council members would consult with their governments and return Wednesday for more discussion.