Syria forces preventing access to medical care for protesters: HRW Matt Glenn at 9:07 AM ET
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday that Syrian security forces have stopped medical personnel, sometimes violently, from attending to injured protesters. A spokesperson for the group called the practice "both inhumane and illegal." According to the report, at least 28 protesters died Friday in protests spread across three cities. Witnesses said security forces opened fire when civilians tried to remove the injured from the scenes and that in Daraa an ambulance was blocked from reaching wounded protesters. Witnesses also reported that security forces controlled hospitals in Daraa and Harasta and would not admit injured protesters. State-controlled media claimed that protesters attacked members of the security forces [Sana report, in Arabic], killing 19 of them. The HRW report called on security forces to allow peaceful protest and for an end to the violence in Syria. The recent protests in Syria have led to more than 170 deaths [AP report].
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