Syria: Pro and anti-Assad protesters face off in As Suwayda

Tensions were running high as demonstrators protesting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government were met by a counter-rally in support of the Syrian leader in As Suwayda on Monday. Protesters in the anti-Assad rally carried banners and chanted in unison while the pro-Assad demonstrators waved Syrian flags and carried pictures of the Syrian President. Anti-Assad protests have been ongoing in the past days against a backdrop of dire economic conditions and new looming US sanctions while several counter-protests supporting President al-Assad and his government against the sanctions have also taken place. The latest US sanctions, also known as 'the Caesar Act', will target businesses and officials financing the Syrian government, and is set to come into effect on June 17.

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