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 Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, holds an Arabic palcard read:"I love you from my heart Bashar Syria," during a pro-Assad demonstration, ...
 Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, shouts pro-Assad slogans during a demonstration, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday March 25, 2011. Outside D...
 Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters, stand outside their cars wave syrian flags and Assad's posters during a demonstration, in Damascus, Syr...
 Syrian army soldiers, sit outside their windows bus shout pro-Assad slogans during a demonstration, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, March 25, 2011. Ou...
 Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters, shout pro-Assad slogans and hold his posters as they wave Syrian flag during a demonstration, in Damasc...
 Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters, hold up posters of Bashar Assad during a demonstration, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday March 25, 2011. O...
 Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, protets during a pro-Assad demonstration, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, March 25, 2011. Outside Damascu...
 Anti-Syrian government protesters, shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers at Omayyad mosque, in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. ...
 Anti-Syrian government protesters shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers at Omayyad Mosque, in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. T...
 Anti-Syrian government protesters, shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrian...
 Anti-Syrian government protesters shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians...
 Syrians anti and pro-Assad protesters clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets...
 Anti-Syrian government protesters, left, and pro-government, right, clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands ...
 Anti-Syrian government protesters, left, and pro-government, right, clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands ...
 Anti-Syrian government protesters, left, and pro-government, right, clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands ...

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Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, holds an Arabic palcard read:"I love you from my heart Bashar Syria," during a pro-Assad demonstration, ...

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Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, shouts pro-Assad slogans during a demonstration, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday March 25, 2011. Outside D...

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Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters, stand outside their cars wave syrian flags and Assad's posters during a demonstration, in Damascus, Syr...

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Syrian army soldiers, sit outside their windows bus shout pro-Assad slogans during a demonstration, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, March 25, 2011. Ou...

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Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters, shout pro-Assad slogans and hold his posters as they wave Syrian flag during a demonstration, in Damasc...

Mideast Syria

Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters, hold up posters of Bashar Assad during a demonstration, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday March 25, 2011. O...

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Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, protets during a pro-Assad demonstration, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, March 25, 2011. Outside Damascu...

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Anti-Syrian government protesters, shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers at Omayyad mosque, in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. ...

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Anti-Syrian government protesters shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers at Omayyad Mosque, in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. T...

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Anti-Syrian government protesters, shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrian...

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Anti-Syrian government protesters shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians...

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Syrians anti and pro-Assad protesters clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets...

Mideast Syria

Anti-Syrian government protesters, left, and pro-government, right, clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands ...

Mideast Syria

Anti-Syrian government protesters, left, and pro-government, right, clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands ...

Mideast Syria

Anti-Syrian government protesters, left, and pro-government, right, clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands ...

Syrian President Bashar Assad pulled back police and soldiers from a restive southern city and released dozens of political prisoners on Saturday in an attempt to appease demonstrators furious about a violent government crackdown on dissent that has left dozens dead.
A resident told The Associated Press by telephone that security forces had withdrawn to the outskirts of Daraa, where protests demanding the release of youths arrested for spraying anti-government graffiti have spiraled into more than a week of daily confrontations with security forces, who have repeatedly opened fire.
The protests spread throughout Syria on Friday and witnesses reported 15 people killed in at least six cities and villages.
The Daraa resident said more than 1,000 people were holding a silent sit-in the al-Omari mosque, the epicenter of the protests. Protesters used the mosque as a refuge and ad hoc medical center until they were driven out in a government assault on Wednesday. They retook the mosque during clashes with government forces on Friday, witnesses said.
The clashes erupted after protesters attack a statue of late President Hafez Assad in Daraa's main square, witnesses said. The Daraa resident said the statue had been knocked down, a giant picture of President Bashar Assad, the late leader's son, had been torn apart.
Activists called online for a popular peaceful uprising Saturday in all Syrian provinces. It urged people to take part in funerals "and not return home".
Most cities appeared calm, however, and a human rights activist said authorities had released 70 political prisoners. Abdul-Karim Rihawi, who heads the Syrian Human Rights League, said most of those released on Saturday had been imprisoned at Saidnaya prison in a Damascus suburb where political detainees are usually kept. He said no further details were immediately available and there was no official confirmation.
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Mroue reported from Beirut, Lebanon.