Despite the continued crackdown by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers in what has become a weekly ritual in the country.
The latest report of violence in the country comes from Human Rights Watch, which claims Assad forces have “forcibly removed” patients from hospitals and prevented doctors from reaching the wounded.
Foreign journalists have been mostly barred from entering Syria, so it is impossible to verify the information, but the report was compiled from interviews with doctors and witnesses.
According to the Associated Press, one doctor said: “When we tried to help the wounded who needed urgent medical care, the security forces pushed us back, saying these were criminals and rapists... They were beating the wounded as they moved them out of the hospital.”
Video that reportedly comes from a protest in Dera’a shows what looks to be thousands of people massing in the streets, chanting anti-government slogans.
While many Western countries have condemned Assad’s crackdown, Iran has been accused of helping Assad’s forces with financial support.
However, the New York Times reports that that support seems to be shifting. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave an interview condemning the use of force in Syria, saying “a military solution is never the right solution.”