Protester and a policeman were reportedly killed in rare demonstrations that took place in the southern syrian city of sweida. crowds angry about the worsening economic conditions in syria stormed the governor’s office. according to the syrian observatory for human rights (sohr), a police officer was killed when protesters attempted to storm the police station, and a protester was shot dead when security forces opened fire after demonstrators entered the government building.
Demonstrations occurred on an unspecified date in sweida, a druze-majority city located in sweida province. syria has been in a state of war since 2011, when president assad’s forces cracked down on pro-democracy protests. the protests in sweida were sparked by the severe economic downturn in the country, which has caused prices to spiral and has led to increasing anger towards president assad’s regime.
Protests were triggered by deteriorating living conditions and the failure of the regime to provide basic services. eyewitnesses reported that protesters set fire to the building, tore up posters of the president, and exchanged gunshots with security forces. several people were wounded in the exchange of gunfire. the turkey-based opposition syria tv channel reported that “hundreds” of protesters turned out to demonstrate against the worsening economic conditions.