Syrian security forces have reportedly opening fire on mourners attending funerals for scores of people killed during the latest anti-government rallies.
At least three people are said to have been shot dead.
Activists claim nearly 90 civilians died on Friday as demonstrations against the country’s authoritarian rule were held up and down the country in cities such as Homs, Hama and the capital, Damascus.
The United States and the European Union have expressed their “deep concern.” Barack Obama has urged President Bashar al Assad to end what he called “an outrageous use of violence.”
Friday was by far the bloodiest day yet in a month of demonstrations demanding greater political freedoms. Protests went ahead despite Assad’s decision to lift the country’s 48-year old state of emergency law.
But opposition groups say the move is futile while the ruling Baath party still has a monopoly on power.