Seven more people died in Syria on Friday, the 11th in a row of popular protests against the rule of Bashar al-Assad.
Second city Aleppo saw protests, but on nothing like the scale of Qamishi, the central city of Homs where three people were shot, or in Albu Kamal, where protesters burned posters of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who backed Assad this week.
Human rights activists say tens of thousands took to the streets of Hama, where Assad’s father killed up to 30,000 people in a 1982 revolt, and there were protests in Deraa, Latakia, and the Kurdish northeast of the country. The authorities say nine security personnel died, bringing to 120 the total in 10 weeks of unrest.
Human rights groups say at least 1000 people have been killed over the same period.
Three suburbs in Damascus also saw protests, and in one of them, Qatana, three protesters were killed.
The G8 issued a statement saying it was “appalled” by the deaths, and while Russia said it would veto any move to impose UN sanctions, one Western diplomatic source said they believed Russia and China would not veto any UN resolution condemning crimes against humanity committed by the al-Assad regime.