Friday was the bloodiest day of Syria’s 11-week long popular revolt, according to human rights campaigners. They say at least 63 people were killed in clashes across the country between pro-democracy demonstrators and the security services.
Eyewitnesses say people poured onto the streets after Friday prayers. Government restrictions, though, make it difficult to get an accurate impression of the situation.
Activists say at least 34 people died and scores were wounded in Hama, after security forces and snipers fired on tens of thousands of demonstrators.
Campaigners say more than a thousand civilians have now been killed, provoking an international outcry over President Bashar al-Assad’s handling of the crisis. The authorities blame the violence on armed insurgents, backed by foreign powers.