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Thousands of Tunisians march against Syrian regime

TUNIS, Tunisia: Thousands of Tunisians have demonstrated in cities across the country calling for the downfall of Syrian leader Bashar Assad, whose crackdown on an anti-government movement has killed thousands.

Hundreds, mostly from Islamist groups, marched through downtown Tunis on Friday following weekly prayers calling Assad an "enemy of God." Tunisia's successful popular uprising last year is what sparked similar movements in Syria and other Arab states.

The U.N. estimates Assad's crackdown has killed more than 5,400 people in the past year.

Arab and Western countries, meanwhile, have proposed a meeting of "Friends of Syria" to explore ways to further isolate Assad.

Morocco on Friday also witnessed protests against Syria by hundreds of Islamists in the city of Tangiers.

 

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