A number of people are reported dead as Syrians took to the streets for the 17th consecutive Friday to demand an end to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.
Thousands marched nationwide after end-of-the week prayers, activists said. Demonstrators urged the international community to act in the face of the ongoing crackdown by the regime.
Amateur video is said to show shots from security forces in the city of Deraa, the cradle of the uprising. Authorities have expelled most independent journalists, making it difficult to verify reports of clashes.
At least four civilians are said to have died in the latest day of pro-democracy protests. A new report by activists says more than 1,600 people have lost their lives since the movement started in mid-March.
Authorities blame what they call “armed terrorist groups” for most of the killings. They said saboteurs bombed an oil pipeline on Friday near the central city of Homs.