Syria Protests Spread Amid Widespread Detentions: As many as 8,000 Syrians are missing in the country.

Syria's widespread and deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters has emboldened a new set of voices, including students in Syria's two largest cities who are protesting the crackdown itself. Scores from Aleppo University were detained by security forces Tuesday and Wednesday after more than 1,000 students marched through streets around the northern city's university. Activists said the protesters were demanding Syria's military lift its ten-day siege on the southern city of Deraa, where Syria's protests started seven weeks ago, that has left its residents cut off from electricity, food and water.