Up to 10 die in Syrian 'Day of Martyrs'

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Up to 10 die in Syrian 'Day of Martyrs'

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There are reports that up to 10 people were killed in protests in Syria on Friday, with at least four deaths in the capital, Damascus. Demonstrators took to the streets in several of the country’s major cities, including Hons, Baniyas and Latakia. They named Friday ‘The Day of Martyrs’.

Security forces have been accused of using heavy-handed tactics, including locking protesters inside a mosque.

For the past two weeks thousands have been demanding greater freedom, and the end of 48 years of martial law. More than 60 of them have lost their lives.

Though he has said an investigation will be carried out into the deaths, President Bashar al-Assad has so far refused to announce reforms.