Lebanese Rally in Support of Syria

Lebanese Muslim clerics organized a rally in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli on Friday to express solidarity for the uprising in neighboring Syria.

Around 4,000 rallied in al-Tal Square, waving Islamic party flags and old Syrian flags. The protesters raised posters in support of the Syrian uprising and chanted slogans condemning President Bashar al-Assad, as well as Russia and China.

Russia and China used their United Nations Security Council votes to block a draft resolution condemning Syria's violent crackdown on civilians.

Meanwhile, 50,000 Syrians rallied against the regime of President Assad on Saturday during the funeral of Kurdish opposition figure, Mishaal Tammo, who was killed the previous day.

The opposition Local Coordination Committees said Tammo “was killed on Friday at his home by unidentified men. His son as well as female activist Zahida Rashkilo were wounded.”

Tammo founded the liberal Kurdish Future Party, which says Kurds are an integral part of Syria.

The country’s Revolution General Council reported on Saturday that five protesters were killed by the Syrian security on Saturday.

Protesters also took on the streets in the northern eastern cities of Amouda and al-Dirbasiya.

In the central city of Homs, roads were blocked to prevent protesters from demonstrating and communication lines were cut.

The U.N. estimates that 2,900 have been killed in Syria since protests began earlier this year.

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