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Jul022011

Syrian President Gives Marching Orders to Hama Governor

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Following massive anti-government protests in the city of Hama on Friday, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has fired the city’s governor.

According to state news agency, SANA, President al-Assad on Saturday discharged Dr. Ahmad Khaled Abdul-Aziz of his duties as governor of Hama.

Saturday’s sacking marks the third time the president has fired a governor in the last three months, according to SANA, with the governors of Daraa and Homs also being shown the door recently.

Tens of thousands people flooded Syrian streets on Friday, calling for President al-Assad to step down. In addition to demonstrators hitting the streets of Hama, anti-government protests were also staged in Damascus, the nation's capital city, as well as in other cities along border regions.

Human rights groups estimate around 1,700 people have been killed in protests over the last three months.

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