| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Protesters storm governor’s office in southern Syrian city, two killed in clashes

In the southern city of Sweida on Sunday, dozens of protesters enraged by the deteriorating economic conditions in Syria attacked and trashed the governor’s office before squaring off with police, according to the authorities and witnesses.

They claimed that earlier, in the midst of rising prices and hard times, more than 200 people had gathered outside the building in the center of the Druze-dominated city and were screaming slogans demanding the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Syrian state media said tens of “outlaws” stormed the governor’s office and burned files and official papers.

The Ministry of Interior said they had also tried to seize the city’s police headquarters, and that one policeman was killed in the ensuing clashes.

“We will pursue all the outlaws and take all legal measures against anyone who dares to undermine the security and stability of the province,” the government statement said.

Three witnesses told Reuters the governor was not in the building which was vacated before protesters stormed and ransacked offices.

  • Reuters