New round of protests kicked off across Syria: state TV

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Hundreds of anti-government protestors poured into the streets in some Syrian cities, some of them were dispersed in a short time, Syria's state TV reported on Friday.

Protests began after noon prayers in many cities, including suburbs of the capital Damascus, the coastal city of Latakia, the northern provinces of al-Raqqa, Hasaka and the central provinces of Homs and Hama, said the TV.

Homs and Hama have witnessed anti-government protests over the past two months.

However, the state television said that hundreds of pro- government demonstrators on Friday hit the streets in the northern province of Halab, the second largest city in Syria after the capital Damascus, in support of the Syrian President Bashar al- Assad.

Syria has been in unrest since mid-March when anti-government protests broke out in the southern province of Daraa and spread into other Syrian cities. Syria blamed the unrest on "armed groups and foreign conspiracy" and stressed that it would track down gunmen who have intimidated people and damaged public and private properties.

The government said that hundreds of security agents and policemen were killed by gunmen since the eruption of protests in the country in mid-March. Syrian oppositions, however, accused the Syrian security forces of harshly cracking down the protests.

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