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Assad supporters take to the streets of Damascus

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As thousands came out onto the streets of Damascus in support of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, elsewhere in the country protesters continued to be shot at by security forces.

A pro-government demonstration was broadcast on state run television while in the town of Homs there were reports of 30 deaths in clashes.

Syrian tanks are also said to have surrounded a town near the Iraqi border to quell unrest, which followed news of a number of defections among Syria’s military.

Activists have posted unverified images they claim are of government loyalists shooting at protesters in the capital.

In Hama protests appear to be intensifying after Syria’s fractured opposition met in Istanbul on Saturday to elect a National Salvation Council and present a united challenge to Assad’s rule.