Fresh protests broke out across Syria on Friday, according to reports.
They came after activists issued a rallying cry to fellow pro-democracy demonstrators to defy government orders to stop protesting.
Eyewitnesses said troops were patrolling through the capital of Damascus, with reports that some tear gas canisters were fired.
Syrian protesters earlier posted a message on Facebook calling for a ‘day of rage’ against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The message was posted late on Thursday on a Facebook page entitled ‘The Syrian Revolution 2011’, calling for protests to restart after Friday’s weekly Muslim prayers.
“To the youths of the revolution, tomorrow we will be in all the places, in all the streets … We will gather at the besieged towns, including with our brothers in Deraa,” the message written in Arabic said.
The southern city of Deraa has been the epicentre of the protests for the past six weeks. Amateur footage posted online has shown security forces firing live rounds at civilians and tanks patrolling the streets.
Similar demonstrations last Friday ended in chaos and bloodshed, with over 100 people killed.