DEADLY

Syrian Forces Shoot Protesters

Syrian forces fired at protesters on Wednesday, killing at least six people, despite the presence of Arab League monitors who have traveled to Syria to end the brutal crackdown. Activists say at least 39 people have been killed in the two days since the observers arrived, despite some concessions made by the Syrian government. The government announced Wednesday that it would free 755 political prisoners, and on Monday the Army pulled back some troops from Homs, the city considered to be at the center of the protests. The monitors are expected to visit Hama, Idlib, and Daraa on Thursday, all hotbeds of the protests.