Syrian security forces shot live rounds at demonstrators as Friday protests mark another day of bloodshed across the country.
As many as 34 people have been killed as thousands defied a harsh military crackdown to call for an end to the regime of President Basher al-Assad.
Syrian state television blamed the violence on armed gangs, which opened fire on civilians and police.
Though difficult to verify, as Syria has barred most international media, tanks rolled into the town of Aleppo and anti-government protesters held up banners that read ‘no dialogue with tanks.’
The fresh carnage came just hours after President Obama called for Assad to adopt reforms or get out of the way.
Damascus said Obama was “inciting violence”
According to the UN and human rights groups 850 people have been killed with thousands more detained since the unrest began.