Violence continued in many Syrian cities on Friday following extensive clashes a day earlier which killed as many as 70 people.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three soldiers and one defector were killed in north-eastern town of Aziz. A helicopter gunship took part in attacks. The UK-based group claims those trying to flee to neighbouring Turkey were caught up in the battles.
Activists said at least two people were killed in Homs when the army fired at least 24 mortar rounds into several districts of the central city.
Other opposition activists called for demonstrations in the Syrian capital every Friday at noon after prayers from now on with the slogan “Damascus we come” on the Syrian Revolution Facebook page.